Prospects News & Rumors: Byfield, Guhle, Mukhamadullin & More

Prospects News & Rumors: Byfield, Guhle, Mukhamadullin & More

January 12th, 2021 The 2020-21 National Hockey League season will finally get underway on Wednesday evening. This means teams across the league are making their final cuts and prospects are beginning to find out exactly where they will start the season. The Los Angeles Kings finally got to see their top 2020 draft...
Kings’ Athanasiou Signing Is a High-Risk, High-Reward Deal

Kings’ Athanasiou Signing Is a High-Risk, High-Reward Deal

January 12th, 2021 The LA Kings are poising themselves for potentially making the playoffs in 2020-21. With Drew Doughty looking for a bounceback year, Gabriel Vilardi being a potential Calder Trophy Contender, and Anze Kopitar being a top center in the league, LA has the pieces to potentially do damage in a weak...
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January 9th, 2021
Los Angeles Kings

One of the best parts about hockey is the intenseness of a good rivalry. Over the years, there have been many, between both teams and individuals. But one of the most noteworthy of the last few years has been the feud between Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. With their respective teams not meeting this season, fans will miss some entertaining bouts between the two that some say are good for the league. Since we won’t see this in 2020-21, let’s take a trip down memory lane to relive this great modern rivalry. How It Started During the 2016-17 season, Tkachuk proved to the Flames that he could more than hold his own as a rookie in the NHL. He put up solid numbers and showed the league that he could get under anyone’s skin. With the finish line in sight, the Flames and Kings were neck and neck in the standings for one of the final wildcard spots in the Western Conference and would meet three times at the Scotiabank...
January 8th, 2021
Kings History

A lot of names that you would see while touring the Hockey Hall of Fame had big moments on Jan. 8. A pair of all-time greats made their National Hockey League debuts, some impressive streaks were extended and the year 2000 gave us quite the evening on this date. Let’s fire our daily hockey time machine and take a trip back. Big Bird’s Big Day Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson played in 1,384 games during his 20-season NHL career. He suited up for the first time, on Jan. 8. 1973, in the Montreal Canadiens 3-3 tie with the Minnesota North Stars. As is the case with many young players, Robinson was slotted into the lineup due to injures and stayed there for the next 17 seasons before moving on to the Los Angeles Kings. Exactly 13 years later, on Jan. 8, 1986, Robinson picked up three assists in the Habs’ 5-3 victory over the rival Boston Bruins. Now with the Kings, on Jan. 7, 1991, Robinson became the 13th player in...
January 7th, 2021
World Junior Hockey Championship

The playoff rounds of the 2021 World Junior Championship (WJC) saw a turnout of Los Angeles Kings prospects that nearly cracked double digits. Nine players across six teams represented the organization, with six taking home a medal. Every round of games not only featured remarkable play from each team, but at key moments, there was almost always a future King somewhere in the mix. Key Performances Tobias Bjornfot Looking to help Sweden reclaim the WJC title for the first time in nine years was Los Angeles’ 2019 first-round pick, Tobias Bjornfot. Bjornfot’s primary ability is being a shutdown presence on the blue line and he wasn’t expected to make a big splash on the scoresheet. Instead, his value is derived from denying his opponents — in this case, Finland — any opportunity to create a scoring chance. Tobias Bjornfot, Los Angeles Kings, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) In his sole playoff game, Bjornfot played over 20 minutes. In that time,...
January 7th, 2021
Kings Prospects

The Vancouver Canucks signed a former fifth-round pick to an entry-level contract. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jordan Spence is on the move in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) after a trade, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Carter Savoie is lighting up the NCAA in his freshman season. Canucks Sign Carson Focht The Canucks announced on Wednesday that they've agreed to a standard three-year, entry-level contract for center Carson Focht. Drafted 133rd overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Focht spent the 2019-20 season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) playing for the Calgary Hitmen. He registered 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points in 61 games played and finished fourth in team scoring and second in goals scored. He was originally a seventh-overall pick by the Tri-City Americans in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He was later traded to the Hitmen in January of 2018. In a press release from the team, Focht...