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Only A Matter Of Time Now Before LA Kings LW Prospect Michael Mersch Bursts Onto NHL Scene

LA Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch (left), shown here scoring in overtime of Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Final against the Utica Comets on June 6, 2015, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

AUDIO/VIDEO: Also includes audio of interviews with Ontario Reign left wing and Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch and Reign head coach Mike Stothers. Also linked is video of an interview with Kings assistant general manager (and Reign general manager) Rob Blake.


ONTARIO, CA — Borrowing from the various Star Trek television series and motion pictures, the Los Angeles Kings have a power forward-style left wing prospect in their system who was already moving at warp speed towards playing in the National Hockey League.

Last season, you could say that younger player was moving at the low end of the warp speed scale, maybe warp 1 or 2. But with the 2015-16 season just a handful of games old, it is very much apparent that this player has quickly reached top speeds, exceeding warp 9.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Toffoli, Quick, Kopitar Lead LA Kings To 3-0 Win Over Carolina

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Anze Kopitar added another, and Jonathan Quick made 40 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center in Los Angeles in October 23.

With the win, the Kings have won four straight games. It was also Quick’s first shutout of the season, and the 38th of his National Hockey League career.

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Frozen Royalty Video: McNabb, Muzzin and Toffoli After 2-1 Win Over Colorado

LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored at 13:38 of the first period, and Tyler Toffoli scored a breakaway goal at 16:20 of the second period to help lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Chemistry Remains A Work In Progress For LA Kings Top Line

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Milan Lucic, Darryl Sutter and Anze Kopitar, who also talked about his feelings about his contract negotiations.


LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic (foreground)
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings hit Staples Center ice tonight in their 2015-16 home opener against the San Jose Sharks, they’ll do so with a top forward line that isn’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet.

The line of Anze Kopitar centering Marian Gaborik on right wing and one of the new kids in town, Milan Lucic on left wing, is still working to hammer out the kinks and build the chemistry needed to be effective.

But Kopitar indicated that progress is being made.

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LA Kings D Jake Muzzin Looking To Reach New Levels In 2015-16

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On Day 4 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2015 Training Camp, things were a bit less hectic and more focused, with their first pre-season game of the 2015-16 season on tap for tonight in Bakersfield, California against the Arizona Coyotes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, otherwise known as the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, defenseman Jake Muzzin mused about last season and what’s ahead for him, and the team, this year.

While most of his teammates were idled after the 2014-15 National Hockey League season ended for the Kings on April 11, 2015, Muzzin headed for the Czech Republic to represent Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

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