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. Patrik Bartosak CHL 6.5 D
2. Alec Dillon Junior 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. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
3. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Brian O'Neill Pro 6.5 D
6. Justin Auger CHL 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nikolai Prokhorkin Europe 7.0 C
2. Matt Mistele CHL 6.5 D
3. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 C
4. Dominik Kubalik CHL 6.0 C
5. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adrian Kempe Europe 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. Michael Amadio CHL 6.0 C
7. Jake Marchment CHL 6.0 C
8. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Roland McKeown CHL 7.5 D
2. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
3. Nick Ebert CHL 7.0 D
4. Zachary Leslie CHL 7.0 D
5. Alex Lintuniemi CHL 7.0 D
6. Colin Miller Pro 6.5 C
7. Paul LaDue NCAA 6.5 D
8. Jacob Middleton CHL 6.5 D
9. Steven Johnson Junior 6.5 D
10. Alex Roach CHL 6.0 D
11. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 5.0 C

LA Kings 2002 Draft Preview

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings will pick at #18 in the first round of
the 2002 draft with a much more relaxed outlook. The Kings still need to
beef up their system, but unlike in years’ past they have a solid base on which
to add.

The 2002 Draft is deep, but only in the sense that after a
certain number of picks, the talent level of the prospective draft picks is very
similar. Look for teams to take a player who may not be the best
player left when they pick, but rather the player that best fits their
organization at that pick. Count the Kings among those teams.

If this was the NFL draft, the Kings would likely trade out
of 18 for a late first rounder and an additional second round pick. With
so many teams in a similar situation, that scenario is not likely to
happen. So assuming the Kings stay at 18, what will they do?

Nearly every mock draft and draft preview have the Kings
taking a defenseman at 18. Don’t bet on it. The Kings could use some
young defenseman in their system, but unless someone like Anton Babchuk or Steve
Eminger become available at 18, which in extremely unlikely, the Kings are
likely to pass and still get a quality defenseman in rounds 2 or 3.
Same could be said for another need the Kings have, goaltender. Look for
them to grab a goalie in round 2, a defenseman in round 3 (or visa-versa) and
grab the best players available after that.

That leaves forward as the most likely scenario in round
one. With Frolov, Aulin, Lehoux and Cammalleri the Kings have legitimate
scoring prospe Read more»

Kings Sign Aulin

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings took a significant step Saturday, securing Jared Aulin with a three year contract.

The means the Kings managed to sign their two prospects who would have been eligible to re-enter the draft (Jared Aulin and Yannick Lehoux).

The Kings did lose the rights to prospects Jay Kopischke and Craig Olynick. Neither was considered a NHL level prospect.

The Kings can now move their focus to their college senior players, Matt Yeats and Jason Crain, and Russian sensation Alexander Frolov.

Rite of Spring for Kings

by Tony Calfo
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Jared Aulin is supposed to be the jewel of the Rob Blake trade.

Jared Aulin is one of the keys to a re-born King farm system.

Jared Aulin is unsigned with three days left to sign him or lose his rights.

Jared Aulin is the latest to fall victim to the Kings’ take-it-or-leave-it negotiating style. Ironically, this was the style that lead to his arrival as Rob Blake chose the “leave-it” option that lead to his trade to Colorado. Luc Robitaille could tell you a little bit about it. Justin Papineau knows it well himself. Will Jared Aulin join this group Friday night? For the Kings’ sake I certainly hope not.

Let me first say that Rob Blake is one of my favorite players and I hated to see him go. I wholeheartedly feel the Kings were to blame for his departure. With that being said, Dave Taylor did a masterful job getting the most value possible. Deadmarsh and Miller are keys to the Kings future and Jared Aulin has wowed everyone who has seen him play. The Kings also have a first round pick next year to add to their windfall from that trade. They did however give up a player who may be the best at his position in the NHL and an up-and-comer in Steven Reinprecht who hurt the Kings badly in this season’s playoffs. The reason I can watch Blake and Reinprecht head to potentially another Stanley Cup is because the Kings received so much compensation, both for the present and the future. A move that makes Kings’ fans able to see another playoff failure, but know that better times are ahead. They spent the money to secure Jason Allison and are making s Read more»

L.A. Kings Season In Review

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings ended their season with a four-goal loss in a game 7 in Denver last night.

The Los Angeles Kings ended their season with a four-goal loss in a game 7 in Denver last night.

Seem repetitive? Just think how it feels for Kings’ fans, players and management. The same story as a season ago, but a round earlier. 95 points and a first round loss. Desperation time. Or is it?

A year ago, the Kings left Denver with the notion that one of their top goal scorers was likely gone, their goalie was unsigned, their top defenseman was unsigned, they were facing another season with a hole in the first line as Josef Stumpel battled through another injury plagued season. They had two bad back-up goaltenders in Jamie Storr and Stephane Fiset. There were more questions than answers as they left the Mile High City.

While the taste in the collective mouth of the Kings is certainly no sweeter, this offseason brings more solidity than in years past. The Kings have their elite center. Jason Allison is a powerful center who can dictate the pace of a game. Allison is the star center the Kings have been dreaming about and his effort in game 7 on an extremely suspect leg was astonishing. Mike Keenan often spoke of Allison’s leadership skills and the Kings got a glimpse of it in the Colorado series. Since his arrival, Allison was always the first to stand up for his teammates. He played hard every night, even as he was getting himself into the shape that a training camp gave everyone else.

Last season the Kings were also unsure of the directio Read more»

Kings College Prospect Update

by Tony Calfo
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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 ah Read more»

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