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First Picks In 2010 NHL Entry Draft Won’t Be A Surprise

DRAFT COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, scheduled for Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, at Staples Center and LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Frozen Royalty will be there for the pre-draft events on June 24, all the way through rounds 2-7 on June 26. Coverage will continue early next week and throughout draft weekend, so check back here often!


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LOS ANGELES — With the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Los Angeles about eight days away, Taylor Hall of the Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) or Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL are certain to be the first two overall selections in this year’s draft.

Seguin, the 6-1, 186-pound center from Brampton, Ontario, scored 48 goals and tallied 58 assists for 106 points with 54 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games this past season, ranking first among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s (CSB) final rankings. Read more of this post

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LA Kings Prospects Get Long, Hard Look At Rookie Camp

EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League training camps are still almost a week away, but NHL rookie camps are open across the league, including at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, where the Los Angeles Kings are getting a close look at their young prospects.

The Kings opened their 2009-10 Rookie Camp on Saturday, September 5, with meetings and physical testing.

The rookies began two-a-day, on-ice practice sessions on Sunday and that will continue through Tuesday, September 8.

A two-game rookie tournament against the Phoenix Coyotes is scheduled for September 9 and 10 (details here).

Since their July Development Camp, Kings head coach Terry Murray has noticed improvement overall among his young prospects.

“[Saturday] was a very good day with the on-ice/off-ice testing,” said Murray. It was very demanding and we’re seeing a real good upside to a lot of the guys.” Read more of this post

Scouting And Development Are Cornerstones To Dean Lombardi’s Efforts

INTERVIEW WITH DEAN LOMBARDI: In the fifth and final installment of this series based on an in-depth interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, we take a close look at two of the Kings’ 2008 draft picks along with their scouting and development infrastructure. We also get a bit of insight into what Lombardi thinks going into the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft beginning tonight in Montreal, the brain trust of the Los Angeles Kings, including President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, are going over their lists with the proverbial fine tooth comb, projecting who might be available when their turn, the fifth overall selection, comes around, along with what kind of trades might be out there for them to get in on.

But before Frozen Royalty looks ahead to the 2009 draft, let’s take a step back and look at a couple of 2008 Kings draft picks who were big surprises this past season, in more ways than one.

Indeed, defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (photo at right, courtesy Manchester Monarchs), who was selected in the second round, 32nd overall, and center Andrei Loktionov, a fifth round pick, 123rd overall, were big surprises on a couple of levels. Read more of this post

Loktionov Returned To Juniors, Ellis Claimed by Buffalo

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 1, the Los Angeles Kings sent center Andrei Loktionov to his junior team, the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Kings also announced that the Buffalo Sabres claimed left wing Matt Ellis off of waivers.

The Kings now have 35 players remaining on their 2008 training camp roster, including 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.


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