LA Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi On Prospects Colten Teubert and Brandon Kozun

LOS ANGELES — For any National Hockey League team, drafting and development of young prospects is crucial to their long-term success. But for the majority of their 42-year history, the Los Angeles Kings generally resorted to foolishly trading away their first round draft picks and their best young players for NHL veterans—some had been star players—who were little more than washed-up has-beens.

That started to change under former general manager Dave Taylor, but the great emphasis on drafting and development has come under current Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, who has built the team’s drafting and player development infrastructure up to what is now regarded as one of the best scouting and development staffs in the league. Read more of this post

Thomas Hickey And Colten Teubert Show Improvement At LA Kings Development Camp

Thomas Hickey Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

Thomas Hickey
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last summer, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey was in Southern California for the team’s annual development camp for their young prospects. But for him, the camp was filled with off-ice training and exercises and a lot of watching from the bench.

Indeed, Hickey ended up spending last year’s development camp off the ice and on crutches due to off-season surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament. But one year later, he was on the ice at the Kings’ 2009 development camp and was a standout among the defensemen.

“It’s a big relief,” said Hickey, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “It was tough sitting on the sidelines last year. I still learned a lot because there’s a lot of stuff that goes on off the ice but this year [I’m] getting Read more of this post

Colten Teubert Adds Greater Maturity And Composure To His Game

ONTARIO, CA — In his second game with the Ontario Reign, the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, 19-year-old defenseman Colten Teubert had the puck on his stick, moving it up ice with his team on a crucial power play, trailing the Phoenix Roadrunners with a little over five minutes left in their game on March 21. Read more of this post

LA Kings World Junior Championships Wrap-Up

On January 5, Los Angeles Kings prospects Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert earned a Gold Medal in helping Canada hand Sweden a 5-1 loss in the finals of the 2009 IIHF World Junior (Under-20) Championships in Ottawa.

Hickey, Canada’s team captain, contributed three assists in the tournament in six games. The two defensemen helped lead Canada to their fifth straight Gold Medal at the tournament.

Kings prospect Oscar Moller served as captain of Team Sweden, scoring a goal and adding three assists in six games, earning the Silver Medal.

Defenseman prospect Viatcheslav Voinov represented Russia, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games, earning the Bronze Medal.

Moller will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 2: After taking New Year’s Day off, Frozen Royalty is back with more from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this installment, Lombardi focuses on his team’s future in goal and two of his top defenseman prospects. Check back on Tuesday, January 6 for Part 3 of this series and if you missed Part 1, check out Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense.

LOS ANGELES — Throughout the over forty-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, goaltending has arguably been their biggest Achilles Heel.

The only Kings goaltender who could be considered to be in the truly elite category was Rogie Vachon, who backstopped the Kings from 1971-72 to 1977-78, winning many games all by himself while playing on mostly horrid teams. Indeed, Vachon was so good that it is a heinous crime that he still has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sure, the Kings got stretches of solid goaltending from the likes of Mario Lessard, Kelly Hrudey and for a little more than one season, Felix Potvin. But outside of that, Kings goaltenders have been mediocre at best, and they often fell far short of that mark.

Much to the dismay of the Kings and their fans, in recent seasons, their goaltending woes have continued, but that might be changing sooner rather than later. Read more of this post


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