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Development Of Muzzin, Toffoli Offer Even More Of A Silver Lining For LA Kings

LA Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings came up short in defending their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, there is a bright side, a silver lining, as reported in this space on June 17.

Another aspect of that silver lining is the development of two rookies, defenseman Jake Muzzin, and right wing Tyler Toffoli.

Both started the 2012-13 season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate. But when the National Hockey League’s lockout-shortened season began in mid-January, Muzzin found himself on the big club’s roster to stay, helping fill the void left by the loss of veteran left-shot defenseman Willie Mitchell, who began the season as a non-roster player due to off-season knee surgery, and eventually, was lost for the entire season.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Reflect On Playoff Run And Look Ahead to Next Season

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli, defensemen Jake Muzzin and Rob Scuderi, and head coach Darryl Sutter all took time today to speak with the media, either in person, or by phone.

KingsVision has the video of the interviews with Brown and Sutter (see below), but, at least for the moment, Frozen Royalty is your only source for the audio of the media conference calls with Scuderi, Muzzin and Toffoli, which you can listen to below.

Frozen Royalty will have stories starting on Wednesday based on these interviews.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Turnover A Game 4 Win To Chicago Blackhawks

LOS ANGELES — Despite twice leading the game by one goal, turnovers proved too costly for the Los Angeles Kings, who dropped a critical 3-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their Western Conference Final series.

With the loss, the Kings’ backs are against the wall heading into Game 5 in Chicago on Saturday (5:00 PM PDT, NBC), with the Blackhawks holding both a commanding 3-1 lead in the series along with all the momentum.

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Passed Up Twice On Draft Day, LA Kings Prospect Tanner Pearson Reaches NHL Ice Faster Than Expected

VIDEO: Includes exclusive video of the May 19 media interview with Tanner Pearson.


LA Kings left wing prospect Tanner Pearson.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After watching young left wing prospect Tanner Pearson make his National Hockey League debut on May 18 against the San Jose Sharks in a second round playoff game is quite the surprise. After all, it was not all that long ago that his future in hockey was rather murky, and that’s putting it mildly.

Indeed, even though he became eligible for the NHL Draft in 2010, he went undrafted for two years before the Los Angeles Kings selected him in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

In fact, Pearson’s career in Canadian junior hockey did not have an auspicious start, as the vast majority of legitimate NHL prospects coming out of Canada go right to major junior hockey at 16 years of age. Although Pearson was selected by the Barrie Colts in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Draft, the fourth round (266th overall) selection saw the writing on the wall.

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