LA Kings Prospects Move From Drills To Game Action

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have completed three days of their 2009-10 Rookie Camp with the focus on drills designed to improve their young prospects compete level, decision-making, positional play, puck handling, and more.

Head Coach Terry Murray surrounded by young prospects at the team’s Rookie Camp. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/

Head Coach Terry Murray surrounded by young prospects at the team’s Rookie Camp.
Photo: Thomas LaRocca/

“Overall, I’ve been very excited about what’s happened here in the three days,” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “From the first day—the testing—I was impressed with the work they put in off the ice in several of the tests they did. On the ice, they’re working hard, showing lots of energy and determination and a real passion to go out and work, listen and try things that we’re talking about.”

Murray was also impressed by the physical improvement among the young prospects. Read more of this post

LA Kings Developing Two Goalie Prospects Locally

ONTARIO, CA — As young goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg show promise in handling the goaltending chores for the Los Angeles Kings, and with Jonathan Bernier and Daniel Taylor developing their netminder skills with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings now have two more young goaltending prospects honing their skills right here in Southern California.

Jeff Zatkoff and Linden Rowat are backstopping the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ ECHL affiliate.

Zatkoff, 20, began the season with the Reign and has earned a 16-14-1 record with a 2.94 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage and one shutout in 34 appearances (1,981 minutes played).

Prior to joining the Reign, Zatkoff played three seasons with the Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Last season, Zatkoff earned a 27-8-1 record with a 1.72 GAA, a .933 save percentage and three shutouts. He led the CCHA in goals-against average and save percentage and was ranked second in both categories in the NCAA. He also ranked second in the CCHA in wins and was tied for second nationally. Read more of this post

Kings Sweep Pre-Season Doubleheader

PRE-SEASON: Los Angeles Kings win twice on Monday night; post-game audio interviews from game 2 at Staples Center.

LOS ANGELES — After reading the headline above, you’re probably thinking that someone made a mistake.

Nope. Guess again.

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings actually won two games within hours of each other to open their 2008-09 pre-season action with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, followed by a 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in a split-squad doubleheader of sorts. Read more of this post

Kings Sign Goaltending Prospect Jeff Zatkoff

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 10, the Los Angeles Kings signed goaltending prospect Jeff Zatkoff to a three-year, entry-level contract. Read more of this post