The Kings acquisition of Jason Allison was another great move by Dave Taylor- not just because of who he received, but more because of who he kept.
Glen Murray and Josef Stumpel are talented players who at one time or another have underachieved in L.A.. Murray is at the end of his contract and Stumpel had worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. While I am sure both will prosper in Boston, the fact that the Kings got the size up the middle they have long coveted and some depth at left wing without giving any of their newly prized prospects is nothing short of amazing. Aulin, Lehoux and Frolov are still Kings, along with Jason Allison.
I have, in this very space, said that Kings’ management would not pay for talent any longer. The Kings have showed their fans that they are not stopping spending money, just trying to stop spending it unwisely.
I like my crow medium rare.
Hard work now powering the ICE
Excuses, like a Phillips head screwdriver in a room full of Robertson screws, doesn’t do anyone much good. Sure they provide you with a reason why you can’t get the job done but eventually those screws are going to have to come out one way or another. To complete a bad analogy, I guess you could say the Kootenay ICE are throwing out the excuses and tightening the screws on the competition.
After rattling off a four game unbeaten streak that saw the ICE garner two wins and two hard-fought ties in the shadow of losing their leading scorer in Marek Svatos during game one of the streak, the club is showing a lot of something the ICE coaching staff and management have been stating the club had all along – depth. But another attribute that the club has been stressing all season is hard work, a quality that can never be underscored. “We’ve come up big (with the effort) and the young guys have played really well,” said ICE forward Colin Sinclair. Leading best by example, Sinclair knows that getting cute on the offensive side of things isn’t going to work with Kootenay’s depleted line-up. “We’re just doing the simple things like crashing and banging and some bounces are starting to go our way.” Although off to a good start with four goals and six helpers in fourteen games, the hard-working center has some high standards set for himself and considering the amount of chances he’s had, including a couple of great ones against the Cougars Saturday night, thinks that hard work will pay off. “Pretty much the story of my life,” said Sinclair Read more»
While the Kings’ season has not started well, the prospects that comprise the rejuvenated Kings’ farm system are enjoying fine seasons. Here is a quick look around the system:
The top guns of the system, Alexander Frolov, Jared Aulin and Yannick Lehoux are all starting out their seasons in fire. Frolov has already potted 8 goals in 13 games in the low scoring Russian Super League he plays in. Aulin has 17 points in 9 games following a longer-than-expected stay in camp where he nearly made the Kings big team. Lehoux has 15 goals and 19 points in a mere 10 games. Lehoux in carving a niche as the premiere short-handed goal scorer in the minor leagues.
College stars Mike Cammalleri and David Steckel have started out their seasons strongly. Cammalleri used the stage of a 70 thousand-plus outdoor crown against rival Michigan state to score two goals and add an assist. David Steckel has a goal and two assists in two games for Ohio State.
Fellow Ohio State star Jason Crain, who is coming off of an off season in 2000-01, has been named captain at Ohio State and is already a +2 after two games. Crain was a cherished prospect before last season and Kings’ management is watching and hoping his development continues.
Future King enforcer Kip Brennan has not found the AHL to his liking yet. Brennan was beaten badly by AHL veteran Mel Angelstad in Portland. Kip has only played three games so far and his development has to be a priority for the enforcer-less Kings. (Thanks Earl)
Andrei Shefer is scoreless in 6 games for Severstal Cherpovets in the Ru Read more»
LONDON KNIGHTS PROGRESS REPORT
The London Knights have stumbled a bit of late as they have entered the second phase of the OHL season. A hot start had the town buzzing, but other teams have seen a steady trickle of veterans back from pro camps and have their rosters filled out and the young Knights have found things a lot more difficult. The Western Conference will be very competitive, entering the weekend, 7 teams were within 2 points of each other, and it appears that it will be Plymouth out in front, but Erie and Windsor may pull away from the pack and challenge the Whalers as the season moves on.
Over agers-London has used 5 already in the young season, John Eminger has been moved to Mississauga, and the team is currently carrying 4, as they added Colorado draftee Charlie Stephens in a trade with Guelph on October 19. He joins fellow Av draftee Aaron Molnar, who has returned from the Hershey Bears camp and has struggled between the pipes. He is the most likely candidate to be moved as the Knights struggle in their own end and would be hard pressed to replace Sean Dixon and Ian Turner on the point. Stephens joins his third OHL team in his 5th year in the league, and fills the void that London has had all year, an experienced right shooting center to play with Rick Nash.
In their first game together against Belleville, they had several excellent shifts and scoring chances, which is a positive sign since they hadn’t practiced together as the trade was finalized just 2 hours before game time. Stephens will have to use his size t Read more»
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