Kings sign Kopitar

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  1. Peter James Bond

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    He's on the ice right now at Kings rookie camp. He will be here until Sept 24th. He's going to play in a rookie tournament vs the Ducks, Sharks and Yotes this week, then attend Kings training camp and play in three games. He will then return to Sweden Sept 24th, to play in the SEL this year. At least thats the current plan.

    The Kings now have almost all of their top draft choices over the last few drafts under contract: Kopitar, Tukonen, Tambellini, and even recent #2 pick Roussin
     
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    Kopitar is a special talent who slipped for the ridiculous reason of his home country not being a regular NHL pipeline. The Kings were incredibly lucky to land him.
     
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    Word is that last night he was paired up with Tambellini and Pushkarev on his wings and they looked fantastic. With the second line probly being Roussin-Tukonen-Kanko I would say the opposition may have their hands full at this tournament.
     
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    tukonen last year, kopitar this year... they might be looking at 1 hell of a future.. not to mention cammy, tambs, and frolov already in the fold... n-a-s-t-y.. :cry: :yo:
     
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    Things are going to be interesting. Quite a pool of talent they have coming together right now.
     
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    I'd like to see them lay off some forwards next year and focus on D and G.
     
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    Grebeshkov, Gleason should become good to great dmen.

    Garon I think will be a fine #1, Labarbera could be interesting.
     
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    But both Miller and Norstrom are getting old. We need to focus on other aspects instead of just forwards. It only makes sense.
     
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    Add Richard Petiot to your list of defensemen. He's 6'4" 215, skates very well, plays excellent one on one and is a very punishing hitter.
     
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    I think you could add Petiot to that list. But that is all we have. 3 'D' prospects vs. 10 forward prospects (Tabellini, Frolov, cammalleri, Pushkarev, Kopitar, Boyle, Brown, Tukonen, Kanko, Roussin et al) We definatly need to focus on drafting D in the future.
     
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    Half our picks were D men this year
     
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    Never heard of him, sorry! :)
     
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    Yeah but they are not premium prospects. They are considered projects.
     
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    Plus a lot of Kings fans (including myself) keep forgetting about Paul Baier. He had a good Freshman season.
     
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    exactamundo. I am talking about 1st and 2nd round Dmen ;)
     
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    Not me i have my eye on him...
     
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    Twz King has a man crush on Paul Baier.
     
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    you always draft the best player available no matter the position, why? because prospects are always in demand and are great trade bait.
     
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    Baier may turn out to be solid in 3 years but that is a while.
     
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    After watching Baier at the last couple of prospect camps, and a couple of College games I think this kid has a good shot of making it to the NHL. He and Petiot play a similiar game he's just not as physical. He reminds me a bit of Phellipe Boucher.

    I've also read good things about Patrick Hersley, playing in Sweeden. Lyubushin is still playing and Russia but I think if the Kings are really high on him, they would have tried to get him in Manchester by know. Joey Mormina should be worth keeping an eye on as he has the size and potential that teams drool over.

    I think the Kings are at the point where they have a tremendous amount of offensive depth both at the NHL level and coming through the ranks. I wouldn't be surprised if the Kings start to trade for specific needs such as a young defesemen instead of waiting to draft the right player.
     
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