Coaching Tipped The Scales For Cal Petersen In Choosing The LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Cal Petersen, shown here during the Kings 2017 Rookie Camp at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on September 8, 2017.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Considering their record of developing goaltenders who have enjoyed success in the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford and Dusty Imoo, who handles goaltender development for the Kings, are, arguably, considered to be the best goaltending coaching and development staff in the NHL.

That conclusion was not lost on goaltender Cal Petersen, who signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on July 1, 2017.

The 22-year-old, 6-1, 182-pound native of Waterloo, Iowa was selected out of the University of Notre Dame by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Checking In On Another LA Kings Goaltender Resurrection Project

LA Kings goaltender prospect Jack Campbell, shown here playing
for the AHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: Dinur Blum

ONTARIO, CA — When Frozen Royalty last looked in on Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jack Campbell, he had been recalled by the team on October 22, 2016, for a short time early this season.

Six months later, the 25-year-old, 6-2, 197-pound native of Port Huron, Michigan is backstopping the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, with Game 4 against the San Diego Gulls to be played tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, with the Reign trailing in the best-of-five series, 2-1.

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What Went Wrong For LA Kings G Prospect Jack Campbell Since 2010 NHL Draft?

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in June 2010, the hottest goaltending prospect was Jack Campbell, who played in major junior hockey in Canada and in the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP).

Campbell ended up being selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (11th overall) in that draft, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles—he was the Stars’ goaltender of the future.

But almost immediately, things began to go south for the 6-2, 197-pound native of Port Huron, Michigan. Indeed, since he was drafted, Campbell was hot and cold with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. He even bounced back and forth between the Texas Stars and the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

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Goalie Peter Budaj Is Resurrecting Pro Career With Ontario Reign, LA Kings

LA Kings number three goaltender, Peter Budaj, shown here playing
for the AHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — It wasn’t all that long ago when the Los Angeles Kings looked completely set in goal for the foreseeable future.

The Kings’ number one netminder, Jonathan Quick, now a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, has established himself as an elite goaltender, a superstar in the National Hockey League.

Behind Quick was Martin Jones, who went undrafted, but was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, and developed in their system. He played well enough to raise his trade value to the point where they could use him to acquire proven left wing Milan Lucic from the Boston Bruins last summer.

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