Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep and talented group of wingers
  • Quality goaltending prospects
  • Defense mixes grit and skill
Weaknesses
  • Center position lacks depth and upside

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Martin Jones Pro 7.5 C
2. Patrik Bartosak CHL 6.5 D
3. Jean-Francois Berube Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Valentin Zykov CHL 7.5 C
2. Tomas Hyka Europe 7.0 D
3. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.5 C
6. Brian O'Neill Pro 6.5 D
7. James Livingston Pro 6.5 D
8. Justin Auger CHL 6.5 D
9. Jonathan Parker Pro 4.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolai Prokhorkin Europe 7.0 C
2. Steve Quailer Pro 7.0 D
3. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 7.0 D
4. Tanner Pearson Pro 6.5 B
5. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 C
6. Dominik Kubalik CHL 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Linden Vey Pro 7.0 C
2. Jordan Weal Pro 6.5 C
3. Nick Shore Pro 6.5 C
4. Nic Dowd Pro 6.5 C
5. Andy Andreoff Pro 6.0 B
6. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brayden McNabb Pro 7.5 C
2. Kevin Gravel NCAA 7.0 C
3. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
4. Nick Ebert CHL 7.0 D
5. Colin Miller Pro 6.5 C
6. Zachary Leslie CHL 6.5 C
7. Paul LaDue NCAA 6.5 D
8. Alex Roach CHL 6.0 C
9. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 6.0 C

Eventful Camp To Come For The Kings

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings may have the most interesting camp in the NHL right now. With so many spots available and so many players coming out of nowhere to impress, the Kings’ camp is worth keeping an eye on.

The biggest story for King fans so far is the Phoenix that is Scott Barney. Left for dead on the NHL scrap heap due to injury, Barney has been given a tryout and has not disappointed. Barney has drawn rave reviews from coaches and fans alike and may be one of two major sleepers in camp. Barney appears a tad rusty, but considering his career was left for dead two years ago, his comeback to-date has been nothing short of amazing. Barney will open the Kings’ exhibition season as a wing on the second line. Barney would really strengthen an improving Kings’ farm system. His development has been too good to believe, so the Kings will keep a watchful eye on the big forward during camp.

The other surprise has been the superb play of 18 year-old Peter Kanko. Kanko potted two goals in the intra-squad scrimmage last Tuesday and has been the talk of camp. Despite his diminutive stature, Kanko has played an NHL game, complete with offense, grit and defense. If nothing else, Kanko has shown that he will be a steal, considering he was a third round pick in the last NHL draft.

Defense has also become an interesting race due to the injury to Aaron Miller. It appears that three spots will be claimed by any three defensemen. You can consider the contenders to be MacAlpine, Corvo, Lilja, Brad Norton, and to a lesser extent, Jason Holland, Richard Seeley, J Read more»

5 Things to Watch in Kings’ Camp

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As they Kings prepare to open camp, here are five things to watch in Los Angeles:

1- The Goaltenders

Assume that Potvin and Storr are going to share the duties this season. How much sharing will be done? If Storr is indeed the future at the position, he needs more time. Perhaps the bigger issue is what will be behind these two in the system? B.J. Boxma appears to have the job in Reading if he wants it, and assume Huet gets the #2 spot in Manchester behind Travis Scott. Does Matthew Yeats get a shot at all?

2- Defense

There is a spot up for grabs and Andreas Lilja appears to be the frontrunner based on how he finished last season, but Joe Corvo may have the nod because he has a better offensive game. If one appears to emerge as the #6 guy, do they send the other one to Manchester or keep him around playing every 10 games at best? If they elect to send one down, they have signed Chris McAlpine, who has handled this type of sporadic playing time in the past.

The rest of the defenseman will also need to show where their games are. Players like Richard Seeley, Mike Pudlick, Joe Rullier and Jason Crain need to show if should be buying or renting in Manchester.

3- Forward

Will Pavel Rosa and Steve Heinze pull themselves off the scrap heap? Heinze was a disappointment along the lines of Steve Duschesne’s last stint with the Kings. He clearly has NHL skills, but needs to mesh his game to the King’s style. Pavel Rosa went overseas to straighten out his game. Did he come back to claim his spot as an AHL veteran or NHL prosp Read more»

LA Kings Organizational Roster

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LOS ANGELES KINGS ORGANIZATIONAL ROSTER

Owner: Philip F. Anschutz

Owner: Edward P. Roski Jr.

President / Governor: Tim Leiweke

Assistant to President: Rogatien Vachon

General Manager: Dave Taylor

Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore

Assistant to the General Manager: John Wolf

Director of Player Personnel: Bill O’Flaherty

Head Coach: Andy Murray

Assistant Coaches: John Van Boxmeer, Mark Hardy, Ray Bennett

Video Coordinator: Bill Gurney

Goaltending Consultant: Andy Nowicki

Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray

Professional Scout / Director of European Evaluation: Rob Laird

Amateur Scouts: Greg Dreschel, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Michel Boucher, Glenn Williamson, Brian Putnam, Gary Harker, Mike Donnelly, Jim Cassidy, Jerry Sodomlak

European Scouts: Vaclav Nedomansky, Ari Vuori, Victor Tjumenev, Viacheslav Golovin

Media Relations / Team Services / Director: Mike Altieri

Media Relations / Team Services / Manager: Jeff Moeller

Media Relations / Assistant: Lee Callans

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer: Dan Beckerman

Executive Vice President / General Counsel: Ted Fikre

Vice President / Sales & Marketing: Kurt J. Schwartzkopf

Vice President / Human Recources: Kevin McDowell

Athletic Trainer: Peter Demers

Speed-Strength / Conditioning Coach: Joseph Horrigan

Equipment Manager: Peter Millar

Assistant Equipment Manager: Rick Garcia

TV Play-by-Play: Bob Miller< Read more»

Kings purposefully quiet during Free Agent Period

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The Los Angeles Kings have signed a grand total of zero free agents this off-season. This is the most quiet free agent season the Kings have had in a long time, and that is not all bad.

The Kings have elected to go the route of building their team with a strong system and a wise trading strategy. This approach has worked in cities like New Jersey and there is no reason to think it won’t work in L.A. As long as the Kings spend the money to keep their core players who are invaluable to their team, as they did with Jason Allison, then the next step is bringing along prospect talent. They appear to be doing just that.

With that approach in mind, signing the Bill Guerins of the world ruins the strategy. The King would basically be driving up the price of their own market – paying Guerin or overpaying Boucher would make the re-signing of Palffy, Miller and the like more expensive. Again, dedicating themselves to this philosophy works if they keep their key players in the fold, or receive better compensation via a trade. That is how championships are built.

As for not re-signing veterans who are fringe players, this is a compliment to the re-built system. Phillippe Boucher would have been great to re-sign, but with prospects like Andreas Lilja and Joe Corvo, it’s not money well spent. The formula holds true- Boucher leaves and Corvo is signed. That is the benefit of having prospects, and that extra money can pay other necessary players. Kelly Buchberger was a great member of the Kings, but one that the Kings have prospects like Adam Mair and Kip Br Read more»

Kings 2002 Draft Review

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The Los Angeles Kings 2002 draft has received positive reviews by NHL draft pundits. It is a draft unlike any in recent memory for the Kings in that skill seemed to be the priority rather than size, and they picked the best player available with every pick rather than fill glaring holes in the system.

The Los Angeles Kings kicked off the 2002 draft by grabbing a pair of Russians, defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (Round 1, #18) and left wing Sergei Anshakov (Round 2, #50). Grebeshkov is a highly regarded offensive defenseman. He has average size (6’1, 193 pounds) and is an excellent skater who likes to move the puck up the ice. While he projects as a power play quarterback, he is defensively responsible and is a smart player. He has been tagged by some with the “soft” label, but Kings Director of Amateur Scouting, Al Murray, calls Grebeshkov a “physical player”. Denis will likely stay in Russia for two more years before coming to America to play for the Kings. The Kings said they were looking for the best player available, and the Hockey News ranked Grebeshkov #18. Left-winger Sergei Anshakov was the Kings second round pick. Anshakov is a rangy 6’2, 183 pound scorer with virtually no physical game, but is regarded as a tireless worker. The Kings like his potential and most draft experts agree that Anshakov is a player whose best hockey is ahead of him. He was ranked 18th by the Red Line Report.

The Kings third pick was right-wing Peter Kanko. Kanko is only 5’10, but weighs a solid 195 pounds and is another superb skater. The 18 year-old Read more»