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. Jean-Francois Berube Pro 6.5 D
2. Patrik Bartosak Pro 6.5 D
3. Alec Dillon Junior 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Valentin Zykov CHL 7.5 C
2. Adrian Kempe Pro 7.5 C
3. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
4. Justin Auger Pro 6.5 C
5. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
6. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Matt Mistele CHL 6.5 D
2. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 C
3. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Shore Pro 7.0 C
2. Jordan Weal Pro 6.5 C
3. Nic Dowd Pro 6.5 C
4. Michael Amadio CHL 6.5 D
5. Andy Andreoff Pro 6.0 B
6. Jake Marchment CHL 6.0 C
7. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Gravel Pro 7.0 C
2. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
3. Nick Ebert Pro 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 NCAA 6.5 D
10. Alex Roach Pro 6.0 D
11. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 5.0 C

2002 Kings Farm Preview

by Tony Calfo
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Here are some predictions for the Kings Organization for the 2002 season:

The Manchester Monarchs start slowly, but emerge as an exciting team behind the strong offensive play of Mike Cammalleri, Scott Barney, Yannick Lehoux and Jared Aulin.

Barney leads Manchester in goal scoring. Cammalleri leads in points per game and Lehoux leads in points. Aulin struggles early to find his AHL game but finishes the season among the top three scorers on the team.

Joe Corvo has another stellar season. However, barring trade or injury, he is a Monarch the entire season.

Cristobel Huet has a solid season backing up Travis Scott. The real goalie story will be in Reading where Alexey Volkov rises from the dead to have an all-star season.

Kip Brennan edges Ryan Flinn for the PIM leader and spends a small portion of the season in Los Angeles. Brennan continues to evolve as a physical third/fourth line wing.

Richard Seeley has a solid offensive season in Manchester, emerging as the #2 blueliner behind Corvo. Joe Rullier needs to decide if he is a defenseman or enforcer. His growth continues to disappoint, even though you read in this same space that he was the Kings’ top prospect just three years ago.

Cammalleri finishes the year with the Kings.

David Steckel shakes his slump to show why the Kings were so high on him. I have absolutely no support for this, but I am rooting for him to do it and think he can, even though King management doesn’t.

The Kings sign Aaron Miller to an extension and make a significant trade. Au Read more»

Harvest Time In Los Angeles

by Tony Calfo
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When Dave Taylor was handed keys to the Los Angeles Kingdom in 1997, his first task was to set up a hierarchy in the Kings system that would allow them to build and maintain a farm system. As the Kings head into the 2002-03 campaign, they are just beginning to feel the positive effects of that “build from within” plan.

What Dave Taylor knew then and is coming to fruition now is that to maintain a fiscally responsible franchise that can achieve success on the ice, a team has to be economically diverse. That is that they have to have high-income players who perform, along with lower-paid players who still contribute. In past seasons, the Kings had overpaid big names on the downsides of their respective careers. They also overpaid some free agents and the balance of the roster spots were filled out with players who shouldn’t have been in the NHL. While the final execution of this plan is still in the future, the structure of it is taking shape and the Kings will feel some of its benefits this season.

The structure is basically some younger, higher income, quality players who will anchor the team. Players like Allison, Palffy, Deadmarsh, Miller and Norstrom were acquired via trade. They were given an opportunity to prosper, and consequently signed to extensions or new deals (or soon will be). The high-end money goes to the horses you ride the most. The next level of veterans like Laperriere, Schneider and the like follow a similar plan- acquire via trade or lower-end free agency, give them time, and then make them part of the plan for reasonable dol Read more»

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

by Tony Calfo
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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»

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