Around the Kings System

By Tony Calfo

Some notes, news and observations about the Kings system:

The Los Angeles Kings have to be pleased with the return to form of Jarslov Bednar. In his first game back in the NHL on Monday he showed alot of spunk. He played the body all night, made some crisp passes and had several scoring opportunities on a line with Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh. He is a nice fit with those two and could be a key cog if the Kings are unable to land a top six winger.

It seems like a good year to have a rebound as a defenseman in the Kings system. In the collegiate ranks, Jason Crain has had a great season after struggling last year. Crain has developed into a leader and shown some offense this year. Crain has 10 points and is a +7 in 35 games- solid numbers in the college game. Richard Seeley and Joe Rullier have developed their defensive games in Manchester and while neither may be the offensive prospects once hope for, you can’t get enough big, physical defensemen. The best comeback is by Joe Corvo. Once out of hockey and the King’s plans, Corvo is Manchester’s best defensemen and may be in the NHL next season.

College prospect Noah Clarke has had another great offensive season for Colorado College. Clarke has 29 points in 33 games. Clarke and Sweden’s Tim Eriksson are both in the same boat- having great seasons but limited due to their small stature.

Very quietly, Jen Karlsson is finding his game. Look for this kid to keep developing and turning into a solid pick, even though the Kings have taken some heat for picking him in the first round.

Finally, as the Kings look at grabbing a top 6 forward, look for a draft pick and a current player to be the best option. The Kings have an extra first rounder and some additional mid-round picks, so unless they think they cannot sign them- don’t look for any of the big prospects to go. If they do, bet on Yannick Lehoux being the one to go.