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LA Kings 2010 1st Round Pick Derek Forbort Isn’t A Project Anymore

LA Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in June 2010, when the Los Angeles Kings used their first round pick (15th overall) to select defenseman Derek Forbort of the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program, they knew they were going to get a prospect who was a “project.”

“He’s clearly raw,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said about selecting Forbort in the 2010 draft. “He’s young. But when you get a defenseman with that size, that range, there’s a lot of upside. We really like where he’s going to be.”

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LA Kings Center Prospect Jordan Weal Continues To Work On Overcoming “Big” Obstacle

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Jordan Weal took some time to speak exclusively with Frozen Royalty during the Kings’ 2012 Development Camp early last month.


Center prospect Jordan Weal, shown here speaking
to the media during the Los Angeles Kings’
2011 Development Camp.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — From the time he started playing youth hockey, all the way up to his time in the Western Hockey League, center Jordan Weal has heard the same thing, over and over and over…

…that he was way too small to play junior hockey, let alone at the professional level.

“It’s something I’ve had to deal with all my life, being a smaller guy,” said Weal, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (70th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “People have always said that I’m too small to play, even going into the WHL draft, people thought I was too small to make it.”

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Tyler Toffoli Improved His Two-Way Play In 2011-12 Without Sacrificing Offense

Forward prospect Tyler Toffoli, shown here during the
Los Angeles Kings 2012 Development Camp,
July 6-10, 2012, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan surprised everyone late last season by not only staying with the big club after they were recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League in early February 2012, but also by playing a key role in the Los Angeles Kings making the playoffs, and winning the Stanley Cup just a little over two months ago.

With the two having “graduated” from the AHL, and with serious doubts that center Andrei Loktionov is capable of producing consistently at the National Hockey League level, primarily due to his lack of size and strength, one young player could very well be the Kings’ top forward prospect, even though he has not yet played at the professional level.

That player is none other than center/right wing Tyler Toffoli, who could be the forward prospect with greatest potential to make an impact at the NHL level for the Kings.

Last season, Toffoli, who was selected by the Kings in the second round (47th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, scored 52 goals and tallied 48 assists for 100 points, with a +31 plus/minus rating, and 22 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Rolled The Dice On Over-Agers Tanner Pearson, Thomas Hyka In 2012 NHL Draft

Left wing Tanner Pearson was the Los Angeles Kings’ first round selection (30th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
on June 22, 2012, at the Consol Energy Center
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Every year, for those following the National Hockey League Entry Draft, all the hype and the attention goes to the top-rated young prospects, and the team with the first overall pick in that year’s draft.

This year’s draft was no different, with all the pre-draft attention focused on the top prospect in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, right wing Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting, Ontario Hockey League), and the Edmonton Oilers, owners of the first pick in the draft.

As each year’s draft wears on, it becomes more and more of a crapshoot, in terms of whether or not a selected prospect will ever make it to the NHL, and this year was no exception. Indeed, after the Oilers selected Yakupov, and with the rest of the top prospects disappearing off the board right after that, the crapshoot began in earnest.

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