Five LA Kings Prospects Invited To Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp

CALGARY, AB AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 2, Hockey Canada and the Los Angeles Kings announced that forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun, defensemen Colten Teubert and Nicolas Deslauriers, along with goaltender Martin Jones have been invited to attend the selection camp for Canada’s National Junior Team.

The five Kings prospects are the most any National Hockey League team will have at the camp. Only the Edmonton Oilers with three prospects attending will have more than two prospects at the camp, which will be held December 12-16, 2009 in Regina, Saskatchewan. 36 players were invited to participate.

Canada’s National Junior Team will be selected at the end of the camp. The team will then play three exhibition games before the start of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships, which begin on January 2, 2010.

Schenn, 18, made his Kings and NHL debut on November 26 at Vancouver after signing a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. Read more of this post


July 1 Was The Time For Dean Lombardi To Gamble

COMMENTARY: Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi filled a hole on July 2 with the signing of unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi but still has a huge, gaping hole to fill on left wing. Should he have gambled on one of the top free agents on July 1?

LOS ANGELES — After day two of the National Hockey League’s annual feeding frenzy, otherwise known as the first couple of days when teams can sign unrestricted free agents, the Los Angeles Kings have filled a need on their blue line.

On July 2, they agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, 30, who just won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a four-year deal that is reported to be worth $13.6 million, an average of $3.4 million per season—a nice raise from the $725,000 he earned last season.

The 6-0, 218-pound defenseman scored a goal and added fifteen assists for sixteen points with a +23 plus/minus rating and eighteen penalty minutes in a career-high 81 regular season games last season.

In the playoffs, Scuderi scored a goal and tallied four assists for five points with six penalty minutes in 24 games, averaging 20:29 of ice time. Read more of this post

Drew Doughty To Represent Canada in World Championships

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 13, the Los Angeles Kings and Hockey Canada announced that rookie defenseman Drew Doughty will represent Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, to be played April 24 – May 10 in Switzerland. Read more of this post