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LA Kings Select Brayden Schenn In First Round Of The 2009 NHL Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty was at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Kings at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California to cover the first round of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft; includes interviews with Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Kings scouts and their first round draft selection. Also includes audio interviews.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you passed out during the major snoozefest otherwise known as the first round of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, held on Friday evening in Montreal, chances are you were not alone.

Indeed, watching this year’s first round of the NHL draft was about as entertaining as watching paint dry. Maybe less.

Even for a hockey junkie like myself, I’m leaning towards the paint.

Last year, there were several trades during the first round, which obviously made it more interesting, including one involving the Los Angeles Kings to open the evening’s festivities.

This year, the Anaheim Ducks stole the spotlight early by sending star defenseman Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Luca Sbisa, first round picks in 2009 and 2010 and a conditional third round pick in 2010 or 2011—a rather lopsided deal in favor of the Ducks. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Almost Perfect On Three-Game Trip

LOS ANGELES — Just one week ago, the Los Angeles Kings were in free fall, having lost three straight games and eight of their previous twelve, plummeting out of the playoff picture.

Indeed, the Kings found themselves seven points out of eighth place in the Western Conference and that light at the end of the tunnel marked “playoffs” was growing dimmer with each passing day.

From the players and coaches to the assistant equipment managers, the Kings all knew that they had to turn things around. There was not a moment to lose and with a three-game road trip against teams ahead of them in the standings next on their schedule, they had a huge challenge in front of them. Read more of this post

Rookie Puck-Magnet Ersberg Shuts Out Senators, 2-0

LOS ANGELES — Talk about a trial by fire.

That is exactly what 25-year-old, wet-behind-the-ears rookie goaltender Erik Ersberg faced on Thursday night at Staples Center when the Ottawa Senators, a team that is battling for first place in the Eastern Conference, came to town to face the Los Angeles Kings.

But Ersberg turned out to be bulletproof against the Sens, pitching a 2-0 shutout win while stopping forty shots, earning his first National Hockey League victory in front of an announced crowd of 17,580 fans. Read more of this post

Pronger Suspension: Discipline In The NHL A Joke?

LOS ANGELES — About 48 hours have passed since the Detroit Red Wings pounded on and embarrassed the Anaheim Ducks in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, taking a 2-1 series lead, and Detroit’s dominance over the Ducks has been all but overshadowed by the vicious, brutal hit laid upon Detroit winger Tomas Holmstrom. Read more of this post

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