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

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»

LA Kings 2002 Draft Results- List

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(1st round/18th overall) 6-1, 193-pound Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov from Yaroslavl, Russia

(2nd round/50th overall) 6-2, 183-pound Left winger Sergei Anshakov from Moscow, Russia

(3rd round/66th overall) 5-10, 195-pound Right Winger Petr Kanko of Prilbra, Czech Republic.

(4th round, 104th overall) 6-1, 203-pound Defenseman Aaron Rome from Brandon, Manitoba.

(4th round, 115th overall) 6-1, 185-pound left winger Mark Rooneem from Kamloops (WHL)

(5th round, 152nd overall) 6-0, 190-pound right winger Greg Hogeboom from the University of Miami-Ohio (CCHA)

(5th round, 157th overall) 6-3, 200-pound defenseman Joel Andresen from St. Albert (AJHL)

(6th round, 185th overall) 5-11, 185-pound right winger Ryan Murphy from Boston College (Hockey E.)

(7th round, 215th overall) 6-1, 185-pound defenseman Mikhael Lyubushin from the Soviet Wings (Russia Elite)

(8th round, 248th overall) 5-11, 176-pound center/winger Tuukka Pulliainen from Tuto (Finnish League)

(9th round, 279th overall) 5-10, 165-pound forward Connor James from the University of Denver (CCHA)

A draft review will be posted this week.

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