Several odds and ends from a Monday in El Segundo:
-I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading east to cover the Calder Cup Final between Manchester and either Utica or Grand Rapids (Utica currently leads three games to two with the series shifting back to upstate New York). There won’t be the full Manchester Monarchs Insider changeover like there was last February, but the coverage should be similar. I’ll also have video interviews with players and hope to have game previews similar to those KingsVision produced with Darryl Evans and I during Playoff Series of Yore. There are a few minor details to work out, but the coverage should start Saturday morning in advance of Game 1. Also, Daryl Evans has a scouting report on Adrian Kempe, who has four goals, five points and a plus-three rating through 12 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
-In addition to the Calder Cup coverage, I’ve also started to chat with hockey operations about NHL Draft coverage. LA Kings Insider will be on hand again to provide to-the-minute updates from the floor in South Florida, and in advance of the June 26-27 draft I’ll also be speaking with club scouts and members of the front office to provide an illustration of how the team goes about identifying, organizing and selecting prospects from their list. That list has been constructed – the scouts were in town to organize and help compile the list last week – though it may be updated in advance of the actual draft.
-Twitterers, adjust your follows:
— Kings Care (@LAKingsCare) June 1, 2015
-Finally, a congratulations to Matt Mistele, Memorial Cup champion:
— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) June 1, 2015
-The last Kings prospect to win a Memorial Cup was Andrei Loktionov with Windsor in 2009. Last season, Zac Leslie, Nick Ebert and Justin Auger finished as runners up with Guelph after falling to Edmonton in the championship. Mistele, selected in the sixth round last year, scored 13 goals in the postseason.
You can capture a glimpse of Mistele and his family 45 seconds into this video:
-video courtesy Canadian Press and Toronto Star
-One year ago today, where were you? I was in Chicago: