Maxim Kitsyn’s bid for the Memorial Cup fell one game short, as Kitsyn and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors were defeated 3-1 by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the junior tournament’s championship game. Saint John took the lead 2:24 into the game with a shorthanded goal and never trailed, as the Sea Dogs led 2-0 after one period and 2-1 after two periods. Kitsyn did not record a point.
So that’s officially a wrap for the 2010-11 season for all Kings players and prospects. Sometime tomorrow, I’ll start a division-by-division look at the NHL heading into the offseason. What are the teams’ summer strengths and weaknesses? Who will be available on the free-agent market? We’ll tackle all that in the next few days, and then transition into the draft combine and the draft itself, which will be held at the end of June in Minnesota.