Photo: Machester Monarchs defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Kevin Gravel spent his first pro season in the AHL, posting six goals and 15 points in 58 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
In 2010, the Los Angeles Kings started trending in the right direction. It is not surprising that we started to see far fewer draft selections, as the team started giving up picks to acquire useful roster players for a deeper NHL lineup. 2010 marked an extreme departure for the franchise, as they had just five overall selections in the 2010 NHL Draft. That is half of what they had in 2009, and four fewer than in 2008. Be that as it may, the Kings were measured in their selection, and still covet all of these selections within their organization in one form or another. Some have made huge impacts at the NHL already and a few others are on the cusp of being impact players. Let’s take a look.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort has been steady on defense for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Manchester Monarchs had a remarkable 2013-14 regular season but were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after having been defeated in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
Photo: Worcester Sharks defenseman and San Jose Sharks prospect Dylan DeMelo led the AHL Sharks in offense in 2013-14 with 24 points in 68 games in his rookie pro season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
The Manchester Monarchs were the best team in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference during the 2013-14 regular season, but it was the St. John’s IceCaps who represented the conference in the Calder Cup finals last spring. Read more»
Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski, shown here fending off brother Michael in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, will lead the way on offense for the Huskies in 2014-15 (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
No NCAA conference has more combined NHL prospects on their member rosters than the NCHC does this season. The NCHC will feature 51 prospects spread across all eight conference schools. North Dakota leads all NCHC teams with 14 prospects, followed by Denver, Miami and Nebraska-Omaha with seven apiece. Read more»
Photo: Winger Valentin Zykov, the 37th overall selection in 2013, was the Kings’ top pick last summer. The Stanley Cup champs still have their 2014 first round pick, slotted at 29th overall (courtesy of Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
Even though the 2013-14 season that saw the Los Angeles Kings wrap up their second championship in three seasons just ended less than a few weeks ago, it is already time to think about the future.