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June 25, 2016 12:49 pm - JonRosen

Introducing: Jacob Friend

Seventh Round, 202nd overall: Jacob Friend Position: Defense Shoots: Left DOB: 7/28/97 Height: 6’1 Weight: 182 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: NR NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: NR Stats (OHL – Owen Sound): 54 GP, 4 G, 17 A, 21 Pts, 106 PIM, +14 VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Michael Futa, on Jacob Friend: Just an old, throwback-type defenseman. Real hard-nosed guy. Competes. … Got to work on his feet. He’s not a bad skater – just got to get a little bit quicker – but he’s a kid that’s not afraid to muck it up, […]

June 25, 2016 11:16 am - JonRosen

Introducing: Mike Eyssimont

Fifth Round, 142nd overall: Michael Eyssimont Position: Center Shoots: Left DOB: 9/9/96 Height: 6’0 Weight: 180 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: NR NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: NR Stats (NCHC – St. Cloud State): 40 GP, 14 G, 19 A, 33 Pts, 20 PIM, +14 Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti, on Mike Eyssimont’s package: Skil. Skill, skill, skill, skill, skill, skill. Goalscoring touch, good hockey IQ, skating. Maybe a shade undersized. He’s not quite like Nic Dowd – Nic crossed developmental age as a whole lot younger [Ed: later?], and just standing next to him, you see it. So […]

June 25, 2016 10:15 am - JonRosen

Introducing: Jacob Moverare

Fourth Round, 112nd overall: Jacob Moverare Position: Defense Shoots: Left DOB: 8/31/98 Height: 6’2 Weight: 198 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 12 (European skaters) NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: 9 (International skaters) Stats (SuperElit U-20 – HV71): 41 GP, 5 G, 16 A, 21 Pts, 22 PIM, +3 On being drafted by Los Angeles: It’s definitely an amazing feeling. I was so happy when they said my name, because it’s an incredible organization. They have two Stanley Cups in three, four years. It’s an honor. On whether he sensed that Los Angeles was interested in drafting him: I had a […]

June 25, 2016 9:16 am - JonRosen

Kings acquire Jack Campbell; Nick Ebert traded to Dallas

The Kings have traded defenseman Nick Ebert to Dallas for goaltender Jack Campbell. They’re about to select another player; this thread will be updated as I get more information. The snap judgment: Los Angeles needs to re-stock its goaltending pool, and Campbell is a player who fits that mold of a player who provides that depth. Campbell was a major goaltending prospect coming out of the OHL and was selected 11th overall when the Kings hosted the draft in 2011. I’ll have reaction from the team throughout the day. The 24-year-old Campbell was 7-7-5 with a 3.65 goals-against average and […]

June 25, 2016 8:58 am - JonRosen

Introducing: Kale Clague

Second Round, 51st overall: Kale Clague Position: Defense Shoots: Left DOB: 6/5/98 Height: 5’11.75 Weight: 184 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 30 (North American skaters) NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: 37 (North American skaters) Bob McKenzie’s final ranking: 30 Stats (WHL – Brandon): 71 GP, 6 G, 37 A, 43 Pts, 54 PIM, +25 Via’s Kale Clague page: “Very good puck skills. He can make passes that alleviate pressure and creates offensive opportunities. Very poised with puck and very good opening up passing lanes and setting offense” On being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings: It’s an unbelievable feeling. […]

June 25, 2016 7:29 am - JonRosen

Video: NHL Draft Day Two preview

Good morning, Insiders. The Kings are slated to draft 51st overall today as it currently stands, a draft slot that has produced Patrick Roy and Butch Goring in the past. For more context of the Kings four current draft picks as they stand, click here. Los Angeles won’t necessarily skew its drafting priority to any particular position, but if there are kids on the team’s list that are near-equals, expect them to defer towards defensemen and goaltending. Here’s a quick preview: Videos from Day 1 of the NHL Draft:

June 24, 2016 2:26 pm - JonRosen

Friday: First round live blog

5:00 p.m. Hello! The Kings don’t have a draft pick in the first round. They probably won’t end up with one, either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun hanging out on a Friday night, watching the NHL Draft and dropping double negatives! Stay tuned and check in when we get closer to roll call for insight and analysis of the night’s proceedings, most of which will be serious. 5:09 p.m. What you will not read on this live blog: feverish observations of GM of Team X having a draft floor conversation with GM of Team Y. Such […]

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