Brayden Schenn: LA Kings’ Second-Line Center?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the 2009-10 season wore on for the Los Angeles Kings, what became rather apparent was that they had a hole in their lineup at second-line center.

Although Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus have tried to fill that spot the last few seasons, both are far more suited to third-line center duty. Handzus, with his size, strength and strong defensive play is also effective on the fourth line.

Once the Kings qualified for the playoffs this past season, that hole in the lineup became a crater and was a major factor in the lack of production from their top two lines.

But help just might be on the way with center prospect Brayden Schenn expected to make a strong push to make the Kings’ 2010-11 opening night roster. Read more of this post

LA Kings Work Young Prospects Hard At 2010 Development Camp

EL SEGUNDO, CA — While many who follow the Los Angeles Kings were glued to the World Wide Web and Twitter to follow the news about what unrestricted free agents were going where, most notably, superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (who is still unsigned as of this writing), the Kings were busy conducting their annual Development Camp for their young prospects, which began on June 28 and ran through July 3.

Three days of the six-day camp were open to the public and the media, comprised of a scrimmage game sandwiched between two practice sessions, featuring prospects ranging from those who have been in the system for awhile to their most recent draft picks.

“I’ve been impressed with some of these players, and, certainly, everybody as far as the work ethic,” said head coach Terry Murray. “It’s been outstanding with the conditioning level and what they’ve been through over the past several days, on and off the ice.”

“A lot of focus, a lot of digging in, hungry and they want to learn,” added Murray. “Attitude. It’s really coming along well. As a group, it’s been tremendous.”

Murray also took note of his team’s five 2010 draft picks, who were all present at the camp.

“All the draft picks seem to be really good kids,” he said. “They’re good people with good character.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Take Some Risks In 2010 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE — Frozen Royalty concludes its coverage of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft with a wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings’ selections in rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 26, 2010, along with other notes from draft weekend. Includes audio interviews.


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LOS ANGELES — On the first day of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 25-26, 2010, the Los Angeles Kings stepped out of their well-established comfort zone by selecting prospects who had the potential to make it to the NHL level later rather than sooner.

The second day was no different than Friday’s first round (see A Sign Of Progress For LA Kings: 2010 First Round Pick Derek Forbort), as the Kings continued to roll the dice in rounds 2-7 on four prospects who will need significant development time.
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LA Kings Prospects Mullen and Teubert Assigned to Ontario Reign

MANCHESTER, NH AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 16, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) assigned defenseman Patrick Mullen to the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ and Monarchs’ ECHL affiliate. The Kings also assigned defenseman Colten Teubert to the Reign on March 17.

Mullen, 23, has played in 36 games with the Monarchs this season, scoring three goals and adding five assists for eight points with fourteen penalty minutes.

The 6-0, 181-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scored four goals and added 21 assists for 25 points with 39 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Denver University Pioneers last season.

In four seasons with the Pioneers, the 5-11, 185-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scored twenty goals and contributed 61 assists for 81 points with 148 penalty minutes in 152 games, splitting time between forward and defenseman. Read more of this post

LA Kings Prospect Brandon Kozun Wins WHL Scoring Title

CALGARY, AB — On March 14, Calgary Hitmen forward and Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Brandon Kozun locked up the Bob Clarke Trophy as the Western Hockey League’s leading scorer by contributing four assists in the Hitmen’s 8-1 blowout victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Calgary.

The 5-8, 155-pound native of Los Angeles scored 32 goals and added 75 assists for 107 points in 64 games. Runner-up Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats scored fifty goals and added 56 assists for 106 points. Read more of this post

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