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Western NHL Fans No Longer Out In The Cold When It Comes To National TV Coverage

LOS ANGELES — Oh what a difference eight years and six Stanley Cup Championships makes.

On July 22, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports released their 2014-15 national television schedule, one that features at least one Western Conference team in 56 games of its 103-game schedule. It also offers 35 “West-friendly” games, that is, games played on weekends or that begin at 6:00 PM Pacific time or later on weekdays.

The schedule released by the NHL and NBC Sports states that the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings will be on NBC or NBCSN twelve times, but lists 13 games with the Kings as one of the combatants. But looking at the schedule on a broader scale, the 2014-15 national television schedule is a huge improvement for the league compared just a handful of years ago when the West was treated as a forgotten stepchild.

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Adding Strength Is The Priority For LA Kings Defenseman Prospect Zac Leslie

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment the focus is on 2013 sixth round selection Zac Leslie. An audio interview with Leslie is also included.


Defenseman prospect Zac Leslie, was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in June 2013, defenseman Zachary (Zac) Leslie was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft and about one week later, he found himself on the ice at the team’s 2013 Development Camp, facing several of the Kings’ older prospects, many of whom had experience at the American Hockey League level.

Going up against players with a lot more experience was quite the challenge.

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Polished Off The Ice, LA Kings’ Defenseman Prospect Roland McKeown Is Working To Be Equally Polished On It

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment, the focus is on 2014 second round selection Roland McKeown. An audio interview with McKeown is also included.


Los Angeles Kings 2014 second round pick defenseman Roland McKeown
during the team’s 2014 Development Camp on July 8, 2014,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The first thing that strikes you about defenseman Roland McKeown, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (50th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, is that with his dashing good looks and his articulate, polished way of handling media interviews, he should be able to land a television broadcasting job without much effort after his playing days are over.

But his more immediate concern is making it to NHL ice as soon as possible and one step towards that end was participating in the Kings’ 2014 Development Camp, July 7-11.

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You’ll Have To Look Closely To See Where LA Kings LW Prospect Valentin Zykov Has Improved

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment, the focus is on 2013 second round selection Valentin Zykov. An audio interview with Zykov is also included.


Los Angeles Kings 2013 second round pick forward Valentin Zykov
during the team’s 2014 Development Camp on July 8, 2014,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After looking at Los Angeles Kings’ left wing prospect Valentin Zykov’s statistics in his two seasons with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, you might wonder if he has improved from the previous year.

In 2012-13, the 6-2, 205-pound (weight at start of the 2013-14 season) native of St. Petersburg, Russia scored 40 goals and tallied 35 assists for 75 points in 67 regular season games. He also played in 19 playoff games, scoring ten goals and adding nine assists for 19 points.

Last season, Zykov’s numbers were not much different. In 53 regular season games, he scored 23 goals and contributed 40 assists for 63 points, and in 22 playoff games, he scored seven goals and added 15 assists for 22 points.

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