Defenseman Prospect Paul LaDue Has Impressed LA Kings Hockey Ops

Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Paul LaDue, 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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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season was a rather eventful one for Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Paul LaDue.

In his third season with the University of North Dakota, LaDue played a major role in the Fighting Hawks winning the 2015-16 NCAA Championship, an experience that could help him make the transition to the professional ranks at an accelerated pace.

“[Winning the championship is] never really in the past,” he said. “Obviously, you start focusing on the next season as soon as possible, but I trained with a bunch of guys from North Dakota, and that will be a special moment for me for the rest of my life. Hopefully, I can carry on the stuff that I learned about winning that championship last year into these next couple of years.”

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Los Angeles Kings Add Six Prospects During 2012 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Even though they had the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings added six prospects to the fold this weekend. Also: news on veteran player signings, and an upcoming change to the coaching staff.

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LOS ANGELES — Despite having the last pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings were busier than expected this past weekend.

After winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Kings earned the “privilege” of selecting last in first round of the draft. In spite of that disadvantage, they managed to add six prospects to their system, and they reached agreements in principle with two of their veteran forwards who would become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Center Jarret Stoll will sign a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.25 million per season, while center Colin Fraser will sign a two-year deal that will pay him $825,000 per season. Read more of this post