LA Kings Looking To Re-Discover Innovation, Creativity In Amateur Scouting, Drafting

2016 NHL DRAFT: Frozen Royalty continues its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and the 2016 National Hockey League Draft with a look at how changes the Kings are making across their hockey operations—that re-tooling that President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talked about in early May—and how they have affected amateur scouting and the draft.


LOS ANGELES — About two weeks after the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated from the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs in just five games—they were mostly dominated by the San Jose Sharks—President/General Manager Dean Lombardi spoke to the media and talked about significant changes, both in actions and in thinking, that were in the works.

Lombardi also said that the team would not be rebuilding, but added that some re-tooling was in order and that was not restricted to the current players. He also mentioned that the first group to meet with him was his amateur scouts.

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Can LA Kings Flip The Switch In Time For First Round Matchup vs. San Jose?

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have been hard at work over the past couple of days, preparing for the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks, starting tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

But if the way the Kings ended the season is any indication, they have some issues to correct before the post-season party begins. Otherwise, they’ll likely be booted from the party very, very early.

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LA Kings Looking For Improvement, Consistency After All-Star Break

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the National Hockey League’s All-Star break behind us, there is a bit of concern about the Los Angeles Kings as they enter February, a month in which they will play nine out 13 games on the road, including their annual Grammy road trip, a grueling seven-game road swing this time around.

Indeed, the team that led the Pacific Division by twelve points not so long ago has seen their lead drop to seven at the All-Star break.

The Kings’ lead over their division rivals has shrunk as they’ve sputtered in recent games—they have lost three out of their last five, and ended January winning just four of their last nine games.

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Anze Kopitar Remains Coy With LA Kings Deal Apparently Imminent

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, the Los Angeles Kings and star center Anze Kopitar are apparently on the verge of agreeing to a reported eight-year contract with an annual average value of $10 million per season.

A Kings spokesperson told the local media that an announcement could come today or on Thursday.

But Kopitar wasn’t about to confirm anything after today’s practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

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LA Kings Begin Likely Make-Or-Break Road Trip Tonight At Vancouver

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and Alec Martinez, along with forward Trevor Lewis and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media prior to the team departing on their flight to Vancouver on April 5. You can watch videos of those interviews here!

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning both games during their two-game home stand that ended with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on April 4, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate on April 5, before flying north of the border to begin a three-game Canadian road trip that will likely decide their playoff fate.

Tonight, the Kings face the Vancouver Canucks, who are in second place in the Pacific Division with 95 points. They are still within reach of the Kings, who have 92 points and a game in hand on the Canucks.

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