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

Kings Prospect Rankings and Notes

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles' Kings draft, rated among the best by the Sporting News, has given the Kings an influx of new blood in their system. With that, the HF Kings' Page has updated its rankings. Here are some notes:

 

 

At the top is Yanick Lehoux. Lehoux had a solid Prospect Camp and showed some of the skill that lead to his huge point totals in Juniors. Whether or not he cracks the big club this season, Lehoux seems to have more skill and skating ability than the players Kings' fans fear he will become – Pavel Rosa. As a result, Lehoux seems like he will be special.

 

 

Jared Aulin turned alot of heads at Prospects camp and his evolution makes Dave Taylor look like even more of a genius. Now the Kings leave the Blake trade with two major prospects and two top contributors. As someone who was the first to knock the trade, it appears to be a great deal. Aulin may well make this team this season.

 

 

Alexander Frolov still appears to be among the top prospects in the Kings' system, but he was not at the Prospect's camp. Frolov is evolving overseas, but the Kings need to get him to America and see how he plays in the North American leagues.

 

 

Steckel is ahead of Jens Karlsson as a testament to Steckel's potential. Steckel is huge and is still young. His skating and offense are still a ways from NHL level, but he will likely be a top line center for the Kings. At nearly 6'6, that would give the Kings the size in the middle they have coveted for so long.

 

 

Among the movers from last season are Alexey Volkov who has tumbled from the Read more»

Kings Goalie Prospect Matthew Yeats Interview

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Maine goalie Matthew Yeats answered some questions for Kings’ Editor Tony Calfo-

HF- When do you hope or plan to break into the NHL?

MY- I don’t plan on making an arrival into the NHL for a couple of years. I have one year left of college eligibility which I plan on using this coming year and will graduate in May. From there it is up in the air. I would guess that I would play a couple of years with the farm team and work my way up from there.

HF- What do you think of the Kings’ organization?

MY- I think the Kings organization is great. The three previous summers I have attended the rookie camp that they host, two were in Thunder Bay and last year in Los Angeles. Everything was done with class and everyone makes sure that you are happy and doing your best all the time. The Kings would be a great team to play for.

HF- Do you follow the Kings or their system?

MY- I don’t keep too close to what is going on in the Kings system, but I do like to see what they are doing and how their goaltending situation is from time to time. If I see a paper lying around or if someone is reading the hockey news, I will go right to the kings section to see what is new.

HF- Do the Kings keep in touch with you?

MY- The Kings don’t really keep in touch. I usually talk to one of the scouts once or twice a year, checking in to see how I am doing and to tell me what they thought of when they saw me play. Most of the time it is positive.

HF- How do you compare with Alexey Volkov?

MY- It is tough for me to say how I compare Read more»

Kings 2001 Draft- Size Does Matter

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings were poised to add some quality players to their system last weekend, and that is exactly what they did. The Kings pulled some suprises, but left Florida with exactly what they wanted- a combination of size, speed, skill and goaltending- some that can contribute right away.

The Kings used the 18th selection on 18 year-old Swedish right winger Jens Karlsson. Karlsson had slipped down the draftboard on many teams’ lists because of a somewhat “off” season last year. Two years ago, Jens was listed among the top potential Euro’s in the 2001 draft and this potential is what lead the Kings to nab him in the first round. Many feel Karlsson has the protoypical NHL game and can give the Kings the power forward they have coveted for so long, Karlsson has a nasty streak as evidenced by his 185 penalty minutes in the Swedish Junior league last season.

The 30th selection was used to draft Ohio State freshman David Steckel. The hulking center from West Bend, Wisconsin had 35 points in 32 games for OSU in his freshman season. Steckel is a worker and a potentially powerful player. At 6-5, 200 pounds, Steckel is another piece of the puzzle that the Kings have yearned for- a big, playmaking, nasty center.

After seeing what Adam Deadmarsh’s style did for the team this season, the King’s mission seems clear. They want gritty forwards, preferably with size. If you look at the last two drafts, you could potentially see a line of 6-3 Frolov, 6-3 Karlsson and 6-5 Steckel. While you never know when these players will arrive, the potential of somet Read more»

Kings Update- DT Radio Wrap and Draft Picks

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Kings GM Dave Taylor was on Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton’s drivetime radio program on XTRA on Wednesday and commented on a variety of subjects, including Scott Barney. Here is a quick rundown:


Scott Barney-
Taylor said that Barney is not even skating right now and from what I heard, it seems that Barney’s career is over. DT said that in all likelyhood, Barney will not be able to overcome the two back surgeries and will likely never wear the Kings sweater.


Yannick Lehoux-
DT spoke very highly about Yannick and stated that Lehoux is working with the Kings this summer in Los Angeles. He stated that he had another year of juniors but didn’t rule out a possible shot with the Kings.


Jared Aulin-
Taylor was moderately positive about Jared. He stated that he needed to complete his game and it didn’t seem that Aulin had a prayer to make the roster this season.


Alexander Frolov-
DT spoke highly about Frolov, commenting on his length and classified him as a “finisher”. Taylor seemed excited about Alexander.


Alexey Volkov-
Taylor was actually more positive than I anticipated about Volkov. He said that Alexey was moved to the ECHL for playing time and they were pleased with his progress.


Potential Moves-
DT said that the Kings were interested in moving up, but were probably night going to be able to get to they spot they desire, so they will likely stay put. He did say that between the picks and an expendable goalie (which will be dealt) that they had some assets to trade. Taylor said their goal was to Read more»

Kings Kick Three More to the Curb

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings annual right of summer, losing once-heralded draft picks because they don’t sign them, continued with two pretty significant names slipping by. In addition to J.F. Nogues, the Kings lost two promising draft picks in Cory Campbell and Brian McGrattan.

Brian McGratten was having a career year until suffering a serious injury, and that can be the only reason they would let him go. McGrattan was showing signs of a true NHL game and would complement the other prospects the Kings are grooming, but that will not be. The Kings are tight-lipped about these maneuvers, but this one raises some eyebrows.

The other move was the Cory Campbell decision. Campbell seemed to overcome some confidence issues to show some solid play this season, but that has now gone to the wayside. I guess another Jamie Storr psyche in the crease was too much of a risk for the Kings.

While I personally find these two maneuvers troubling, it is the trend that concerns me most. While the Kings are loading up on draft picks, the question is what good will they do if we never sign them? Coming off a season in which great strides were made, and a season where many Kings’ fans learned to trust Dave Taylor through what looked like some questionable moves, Kings fans are again forced to trust that management is sticking to the plan.

While this is one I don’t see, here’s hoping I am wrong. Keep your eyes out for more on this story.