June 2010 - Page 2 of 8 - LA Kings Insider
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Open Forum

Given that there are a couple days here between the end of the draft and the start of the development camp and the free-agency period, I figured it's a good time for a mid-summer Open Forum session. Keeping in mind, of course, that I don't know which players might be joining the Kings -- and neither... Full Story
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Moving right along…

The draft is only a few hours old, and already focus turns to Thursday and the start of the free-agent signing period. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun gets us started with a good blog item about the Kings' interest in Ilya Kovalchuk, and a top-four defenseman. Pierre, as usual, hit it right on, in my opini... Full Story
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Futa, on the draft

After the draft, Michael Futa, the Kings' co-director of amateur scouting, gave his impressions of what happened and his thoughts on the Kings' five picks... ----- Question: Could you talk about your impressions of the draft? FUTA: ``You have to put it all together, and we're ecstatic. I kn... Full Story
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Today’s Kings picks

Soon, I'll have some extensive quotes from Kings co-director of amateur scouting Michael Futa, talking about the draft, but first, here's a recap of today's picks, as copied from the Kings' news release. It contains relevant biographical info, stats and some quotes from today's picks: center Tyler T... Full Story
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Kitsyn info, interview

Maxim Kitsyn, the Kings' sixth-round draft pick, was actually at Staples Center for the draft. Kitsyn, 18, is a forward listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds. Entering the draft, he was ranked No. 6 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Last season, in the KHL, Kitsyn had one goal and one assist ... Full Story
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Gravel bio, interview

The Kings' fifth-round pick, Kevin Gravel, is an 18-year-old defenseman listed at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds. A native of Marquette, Mich., Gravel had three goals and three assists in 53 games last season for Sioux City of the USHL. Here's a quick bio of Gravel, plus an interview he did with McKeen's Hock... Full Story
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California kids

Two more California natives went fairly early today. Jason Zucker, a left winger and Newport Beach native, went 59th (second round) to Minnesota. Zucker played locally for the Los Angeles Hockey Club. Taylor Aronson, a defenseman and Placentia native, went 78th (third round) to Nashville. Aronson pl... Full Story
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Weal interview

Here are some quotes from Kings third-round selection Jordan Weal... ----- Question: Did it feel like a long wait to get picked? WEAL: ``I didn't get too worried about the numbers and stuff. I knew I was going to go to a team, and I'm going to go to a team and show them I can play and show ... Full Story
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Toffoli interview

Here are some quotes from Tyler Toffoli, the Kings' second-round pick... ----- Question: You're listed as a center, but you also play right wing? TOFFOLI: ``When I came to the OHL, I moved to the right wing, so that's where I've been playing for the past two years.'' Question: What did i... Full Story