The Kings System Update

By Tony Calfo

Injuries have hit the Kings hard so far this season, but the farm system has been a bright spot- able to provide some relief and still experience success.

Steve Kelly, Mike Cammalleri and Derek Armstrong have been called to the big club, with the latter two becoming contributors. Cammalleri is still learning, but has shown some promise, highlighted by his beautiful power play assist in his debut against Ottawa. Armstrong has been a pleasant surprise, potting 3 goals and adding 3 assists in 8 games.

Alexander Frolov has shown promise. He has scored 4 goals and chipped in 5 assists in 16 games. Keeping in mind inconsistencies that come with rookies, Frolov has been superb. He has shown a nose for the puck and is learning to use his body to make things happen. There are certainly times the Frolov becomes invisible, but he appears to be getting better every day. Frolov’s struggles on the NHL level will turn out to be the best investment the Kings have made in some time. This kid is going to be a superstar.

Manchester has sparkled in AHL play. They just recently ended a 10 game unbeaten streak and have received solid play from several players. This success is coming while the Kings’ top prospects are getting valuable experience. Jared Aulin and Yannick Lehoux have had similar rookie seasons to Frolov’s. They have both shown flashes of brilliance while working to improve their consistency. The two stars have both put up 8 points in 12 games. Scott Barney had three goals- all game winners- before sitting out with back spasms unrelated to his previous back injury. He and enforcer Kip Brennan are set to return to the Manchester lineup following injuries. Ryan Flinn is still rehabbing in Los Angeles and will likely return to Manchester when he is given a clean bill of health. Joe Corvo has continued to excel, posting 14 points in 12 games to rank him second among AHL defensemen in points and first in goals with 5. You have to wonder how long the Kings can leave him in Manchester while they remain so hungry for offense. Cristobel Huet has been solid in the pipes, going 5-1-1 with a 2.79 GAA. His .898 save percentage is tops on the team, edging out Travis Scott (4-1, 3.68 GAA and .868 SP). Alexey Volkov has been returned to his Russian team.

Other prospects:

Petr Kanko (RW) has been tearing it up in the OHL. In 17 games he has 12 goals and 11 assists. Aaron Rome (D) has excelled in the WHL with 5 goals and 16 assists in 21 games. Rome also has 66 PIM’s. Mark Rooneem (LW) has 5 goals and 5 assists in 20 games for Kamloops.

Among college prospects, David Steckel has 3 goals in his first 9 games at Ohio State. Steckel has come back pretty well so far after a rocky season a year ago. Goalie Nathan Marsters is 2-2 with a .923 save percentage and 3.00 GAA for Rensselaer. George Parros (RW) is the captain of his Princeton team and has 1 assist in 3 games. Defenseman Mike Gabinet has 1 assist in 10 games for Nebraska-Omaha. Noah Clarke has 3 goals and 14 assists in 10 games, and teammate Richard Petiot (D) has a goal and 1 assist in 10 games for Colorado College. Forward Greg Hogeboom has 6 goals and 9 assists in 12 games for Miami-Ohio.

Russian draftees Sergei Anshakov and Denis Grebeshkov have been held without a goal, but have 1 and 5 assists respectively. Jens Karlsson has 1 goal, 1 assist and 39 PIM’s for Frolunda.

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