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Things Are Looking Up Again For LA Kings F Prospect Adrian Kempe

LA Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe (right), shown here during a game against the Charlotte Checkers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on December 3, 2016.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — When Frozen Royalty last looked in on Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe almost two months ago, he was struggling mightily with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.

Indeed, the 20-year-old, 6-2, 202-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden had scored just three goals with two assists for five points in 16 games.

But now, with 36 games under his belt, Kempe has picked things up of late, scoring ten goals and contributing seven assists for 17 points, with a -4 plus/minus rating with 34 penalty minutes.

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LA Kings D Prospect Paul LaDue Is Still Turning Heads With AHL Ontario Reign

LA Kings Defenseman prospect Paul LaDue (left), shown here during a
game against the Charlotte Checkers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on December 3, 2016.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — When Frozen Royalty last checked in with Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Paul LaDue, he was busy turning a lot of heads at their training camp last October. In fact, he made such a strong impression that there was a little talk about him making the Kings opening night roster straight out of the University of North Dakota.

But this time, where there was smoke, there was no fire. The Kings assigned LaDue to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League to start the 2016-17 season, and so far, the 24-year-old, 6-1, 186-pound native of Grand Forks, North Dakota has played in 32 games, scoring four goals and adding twelve assists for 16 points, with a even plus/minus rating and 18 penalty minutes.

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LA Kings’ Top Prospect Adrian Kempe Is Struggling To Improve

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe is struggling in the first two months of the 2016-17 season with
the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography


ONTARIO, CA — Looking back at the Los Angeles Kings 2016 Training Camp, highly touted forward prospect Adrian Kempe showed off the speed and raw skill that has the Kings so high on him, not to mention fans clamoring for him to be called up to the big club.

Kempe, 20, was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft. He was a big factor in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs with the Manchester Monarchs, then a part of the American Hockey League, scoring eight goals and adding one assist for nine points in 17 playoff games, helping lead the Monarchs to the Calder Cup Championship.

The 6-2, 202-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden, played his first full season in North America with the AHL’s Ontario Reign last year, scoring 11 goals and adding 17 assists for 28 points, with a -1 plus/minus rating in 55 regular season games.

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Adrian Kempe Is Getting A Long, Hard Look At Center During LA Kings Training Camp

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe, shown here
during their 2016 Training Camp at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After spending the vast majority of the 2015-16 season on left wing with the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign, Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe is playing center in the Kings’ 2016 Training Camp, which has been more than a bit of an adjustment for him.

“Until I was 15, I played center my whole life,” he said. “Then, mostly the wing. Last year, I played 15-20 games at center.”

“I’m playing center right now, so it’s tough,” he added. “I played left wing almost all last year, so it’s been tough to play in the middle. But I’ve felt more and more comfortable after each game. I got better and better in the defensive zone, and better in terms of puck possession, too.”

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LA Kings LW Prospect Joel Lowry’s Hands Need To Catch Up To His Mind

Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Joel Lowry (foreground), shown here during the team’s 2016 Rookie Camp on Septmber 16, 2016 at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2015-16 season was a bit of a mixed bag for Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Joel Lowry, who began the season on the shelf after aggravating a back injury he suffered during his senior season at Cornell University that required surgery.

“I tried to come back a little too soon and I had a setback,” said the 24-year-old, 6-2, 185-pound native of Calgary, Alberta. “I had a fragment in the spinal cord that caused the same symptoms as before the surgery, so I just had a lot of rehab to do, and it took a little longer than I expected.”

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