Michael Futa promoted, earns new titles - LA Kings Insider

The Kings have promoted Michael Futa to Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel. Futa, in his seventh full season with Los Angeles, had previously served as a co-Director of Amateur Scouting with Mark Yannetti.

We were tipped off on this news by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie earlier today.


This is very good news for the Kings and for Futa, who has earned a new title and a promotion after having drawn interest from other clubs around the league.

The Buffalo Sabres had previously inquired with Los Angeles about Futa when considering general managers in December, and Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported one week ago that the Vancouver Canucks had asked permission to speak with Futa for their vacant general manager position.

Futa’s last general managerial experience came with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. He was named the OHL’s Executive of the Year in 2005 and guided the major junior club to the playoffs in each of his five years at the helm.

While Lombardi and the team’s entire hockey operations staff deserve credit for their work in incorporating drafted and homegrown players onto the team’s roster – consider that Kyle Clifford, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov, Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli were selected by the Kings outside of the first round, as was Wayne Simmonds, who finished third on the Flyers in scoring this season – the work by Futa and Yannetti in re-forming the team’s Amateur Scouting department has been an important development in the team’s ability to maintain a deep prospect pool and has helped to set the stage for players who have passed through the team’s developmental system to fill roles on the club’s roster.

Surely Tanner Pearson, an OHL-based player who had been passed over in two NHL drafts before he was selected with the final pick of the first round in 2012 and who has posted five points in eight playoff games, is a representation of Amateur Scouting’s ability to find value and foresee future success when more marquee names are not available. That Jake Muzzin was identified as a player who could benefit the team’s blue line and was signed as a free agent after Pittsburgh declined to offer him a contract is another indication of Futa and the scouting staff’s ability to target players capable of developing into sturdy NHL Players.

I’ll have more on this in the future; until then, here’s the team’s official press release.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.