Here’s an update on the Kings’ prospects that played on the college level this season.
Mike Cammalleri- Center- Jr.- Michigan
Easily the top college prospect for the Kings. Cammalleri had a breakout season despite battling a case of mono during the season. Cammalleri excelled at the WJC’s and lead his Michigan team to the Frozen Four where they lost to eventual champion Minnesota. Mike was voted as the team’s co-MVP. Cammalleri has another year of eligibility and has said he will use it. You can bet the Kings are licking their chops waiting for this exciting, though undersized playmaker.
Cammalleri finished with 23 goals and 21 assists despite playing only 29 games. He was MU’s leading goal scorer by 5 goals even though he played 11 fewer games. Mike was also a team-leading +26.
Noah Clarke- Left Wing-Jr.- Colorado College
The diminutive Clarke posted 13 goals and 24 assists in 42 games for Colorado College. Clarke has two connections to the Kings. He is a California native and he attended Shattuck St. Mary’s where Andy Murray coached and his son Brady currently attends.
Jason Crain- Defenseman-Sr.- Ohio State
Jason Crain has had a roller coaster ride of a career at Ohio State. Crain was considered a top prospect two years ago but has battled injury and inconsistency since. Crain had a decent season at OSU and showed some signs of regaining the form that had him ranked among the top defensive prospects. Crain has completed his eligibility so the Kings need to make a decision on him. Jason Crain’s best days are still ahead of him and the Kings would be wise to sign him.
Jason Crain finished the season with 5 goals and 7 assists in 40 games. He finished third on the team with a +9.
Terry Denike- Goalie-Fr.- Lake Superior State
Denike’s freshman season at LSS saw him post a 3-9-2 record and a 3.67 GAA and .888 save percentage.
Mike Gabinet- Defenseman-So.- Nebraska-Omaha
Mike Gabinet played 21 games for UNO and tallied 4 assists and -1 rating.
Jim Henkel- Center-Sr.- RPI
Henkel completed his eligibility with 9 goals and 15 assists in 24 games. Henkel is a big man and might be worth a shot to allow his game to develop.
Nathan Marsters- Goalie-So.- RPI
Henkel’s teammate at Rensselaer, Marsters posted an impressive 15-9-3 mark with a 2.58 GAA and .922 save percentage. Marsters is 6-4 and an intriguing prospect whose stats should be monitored over the next couple seasons.
George Parros- Right Wing-Jr.- Princeton
Ever just like a guy and think he might be a physical player in the pros? That’s Parros. He is 6-5 and weighs 215 pounds and has grown as a player. This season he potted 9 goals and 13 assists in 31 games. He also had 36 PIM’s and may be suited to the physical style of play in the NHL
Richard Petiot- Defenseman-Fr.- Colorado College
Petiot had 4 goals and 6 assists in his freshman campaign. He also had 35 PIM’s.
David Steckel- Center- So.- Ohio State
Steckel did not exactly have a breakout season. He had 6 goals and 16 assists in 36 games. He did lead the team in shots and penalty minutes (75), but his offense did not develop much this season. The Kings knew he was a work in progress, so it is too early to label Steckel as anything other than that.
Dan Welch- Right Wing-So.- Minnesota
Welch was a member of the 2002 champs, posting 4 goals and 7 assists in 19 games.
Matthew Yeats- Goalie-Sr.- Maine
Matthew Yeats nearly had a storybook season as he started between the pipes for Maine in the College Hockey title game. Maine lost in a thrilling overtime game to Minnesota.
Matthew finished his college career as the Hockey East “Defensive Player of the Week” last two weeks of the regular season. He finished his Black Bear career in the top of all major categories in the U of Maine goalies records, including lowest goals against (2.50), save percentage (.905), and wins by a rookie last season, finishing as the team MVP. This season was a learning one in many ways as Yeats did not come on till the end, after teammate Mike Morrison (Edmonton Oilers) had his own record season for the team. Even though Morrison had more starts during the season, Coach felt Yeats played some of his best hockey, especially at the crunch time end of the season; “he has great balance, composure and poise and is calm in tight situations which is great for a goalie”. The team finished as NCAA Runners-up to Minnesota, losing in overtime on a penalty – quite an accomplishment for a team not expected to make playoffs! Yeats is hoping to be signed by the Kings before June.