Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kids Shine at Kings Prospects Camp


This week the LA Kings started their annual summer prospects camp at their training facility in El Sugundo. The Kings are loaded with good young talent that are hoping to turn this team into a playoff contender. Most of these kids are just that, kids learning to play at a professional level. But there are a few that are going to make a serious run to make the Kings roster. Lets take a look at a few of them.....

First, there is defenceman Drew Doughty. The Kings 2nd overall pick in this last years draft. He is known for having great intelligence and maturity on the ice. This week he has showcased how he is physically ready for NHL duty. His quickness, passing and shooting was by far better than his fellow prospects. His skating is so natural and smooth. In 3 season with the Guelph Storm he played in 190 games tallying 39 goals, 118 assists. Add to that 18 playoff games with 2 goals and 16 assists. Physically and mentally he is ready to guard the Kings blueline as he is expected to this next season.

Colten Tuebert was also a 1st round selection, 13th overall in this years draft. A big punishing defenceman thats being compared to Chris Pronger. he does have potential to be a 2 way player but rumors are the Kings are going to groom him into a shutdown defenceman. Someone to play against other teams top lines. At prospects camp he has shown some good skill. Breakout passing was above average and his checking was above all other prospects. He is listed at 6'4 180lbs but looks to be around 200lbs and its all muscle. Look for him to be called up later in the season after some time in Manchester.

Goaltending has been a issue for the Kings for several seasons but things are looking up. They have a huge surplus of young goaltenders they have stocked up on since Dean Lombardi has taken over as GM. Jonathan Bernier Started the first 2 games of the Kings season last year before being sent down to his junior team. He now wants to show he can stay between the pipes all season as a King. In prospects camp he has showed off his talents. Quicker and more seasoned than his fellow prospect teammates, he looks ready to make a serious attempt at the #1 spot.

Overall, the kids are giving hope to the Kings loyals. Stay tuned, should be a young and exciting team to watch.

1 comment:

Scotty said...

Great read Kings are sure a great Up And Coming team with a very very bright future.

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