HFNHL LA Kings rookie camp rundown

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  1. Dempsey

    Dempsey Registered User

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    The HFNHL LA Kings recently completed their annual rookie camp, featuring the club's rookies and junior prospects. This camp did not include rookies all but assured to be in the lineup (Alex Pietrangelo, Brad Marchand and Jack Skille), who will only attend the team's main camp.

    The Kings' rookies were divided into two teams over the four-day practice event. They played several games and all participated in on-ice practice drills. Below are the teams:

    Team White:

    J.Knight - S.Couturier - B.Sweatt
    D.Pribyl - Z.Hyman - C.Camper
    Z.Franko - B.Irwin - J.Jokinen

    R.Murphy - TJ.Brodie
    C.Cohen - S.Carrier
    B.Melnychuk - B.Head


    Team Blue:

    T.Hartikainen - M.Scheifele - M.Frattin
    A.Guptill - C.VandeVelde - O.Fortier
    K.Bartliff - S.Carrick - J.Staal

    B.Smith - R.Ellis
    M.Backman - J.Rogalski
    A.Micallef - A.Pylon


    "The LA Kings are a tight-knit hockey family" remarked GM Mike McEwan. "We've enjoyed welcoming all of our 2011 draft picks to the organization over the last several days, and anticipate that these quality youngsters will be regular contributors for us in the years to come. We have committed to a full re-build and are now turning the corner. These players who've gathered here will help form the next wave that will add to our on-ice success down the road."

    Camp notes from Kings beat writer Dick Frickenheiser:
    - Brendan Smith looks to be the real deal. He'll compete for a spot soon.
    - Sean Couturier displayed excellent on-ice vision, but will likely find himself back in juniors.
    - The hardest worker award goes to Jared Knight, who never stopped moving and even ran over goaltender Matt McNeely in one drill as he charged the net.
    - Invites Block Head and Aa Pylon looked terrible and will likely not be back for main camp.
    - Billy Sweatt, Teemu Hartikainen and Matt Frattin were easily the most HFNHL-ready forwards. Frattin in particular looked good.
    - Brayden Irwin is big but will have a hard time ever cracking the Kings' roster.
    - Jared Staal looked slow and below average in the skill department.
    - Ryan Ellis and Ryan Murphy both showed why they will compete for powerplay icetime down the road. May the best undersized dman win.

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