9:51 PM EDT, Tue June 27, 2017

Vilardi talks about getting drafted; Futa describes his skill set

Gabriel Vilardi, on how it feels to be a King: No words really can describe it. It’s just an amazing feeling right now. I’m really looking forward to hopefully going to L.A. really soon here. Vilardi, on the feeling of hearing his name called from the stage: It’s joy. All your life you work so […] The post Vilardi talks about getting drafted; Futa describes his skill set appeared first on LA Kings Insider.

Mark Yannetti on scouting Gabriel Vilardi and his skill set

Los Angeles Kings Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti spoke with LA Kings Insider after the first round of the NHL Draft Friday night in Chicago and discussed the circumstances leading to Gabriel Vilardi’s selection and provided a scouting report on the to-be 18-year-old who was selected by the Windsor Spitfires second overall in 2015 […] The post Mark Yannetti on scouting Gabriel Vilardi and his skill set appeared first on LA Kings Insider.
Los Angeles Times Jun 23, 2017

Kings take Gabe Vilardi at No. 11 in NHL draft; Ducks re-sign Patrick Eaves

Scouting reports on Windsor Spitfires center Gabe Vilardi questioned his skating ability, and more than a few NHL teams apparently took that as gospel. Although Vilardi was the fourth-rated North American skater in Central Scouting’s final draft rankings, the 17-year-old from Kingston, Canada,...
The Hockey Writers Jun 23, 2017

2017 NHL Draft: Kings Pick Gabriel Vilardi #11 Overall

With the 11th Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Los Angeles Kings Have Selected Gabriel Vilardi From the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. About Gabriel Vilardi The Los Angeles Kings used their 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to take Gabriel Vilardi out of the Ontario Hockey League – a player that some had ranked as […]

Introducing: Gabriel Vilardi

First Round, 11th overall: Gabriel Vilardi Position: Center Shoots: Right DOB: 8/16/99 Height: 6’3 Weight: 203 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 4 NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: 3 Bob McKenzie’s final ranking: 5 Stats (OHL-Windsor): 49 GP, 29-32=61 Craig Button’s analysis: “Offensive skill with size and ability to be a difficult player to defend against.” […] The post Introducing: Gabriel Vilardi appeared first on LA Kings Insider.

Checking in with the scouts on the verge of the draft

More importantly than who the Kings select on Friday and Saturday is the knowledge that Quebec/Maritimes scout Denis Fugere, who was diagnosed with Grade 4 mantle cell lymphoma in September, 2015 and emerged healthy after undergoing months of chemotherapy and stem cell treatments, was back at his perch around a table filled with other scouts […] The post Checking in with the scouts on the verge of the draft appeared first on LA Kings Insider.
Los Angeles Times Jun 23, 2017

Kings make Greene buyout official, trade action heats up in advance of NHL draft

On a day filled with surprising trades around the NHL, the Kings made a move on Friday that was expected, officially announcing they had bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene. They had taken the first step toward that move when they put him on waivers 10 days ago. Greene, a rugged defender...

Notebook: Wrapping up expansion, Greene buyout official, Brown’s role

Flipping the calendar to the first day of the NHL Draft, there are still a few odds and ends to catch up on as we wrap up one of the busiest weeks of the off-season. Looking back one final time at the expansion draft, it was clear throughout the second half of the season that […] The post Notebook: Wrapping up expansion, Greene buyout official, Brown’s role appeared first on LA Kings Insider.
Los Angeles Times Jun 22, 2017

Kings and Ducks both will begin the 2017-18 season with Oct. 5 home games

The 31-team NHL will launch its 2017-18 season with four games on Oct. 4, but the Kings and the Ducks will have to wait a day to drop the puck. As announced Thursday by the league, the Kings will open their season Oct. 5 at Staples Center against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Ducks also will open...
Los Angeles Times Jun 22, 2017

Kings look to get offensive, Ducks will play waiting game in NHL draft

The Kings do not have a lot to show from the NHL draft in recent memory. Years of poor trades, signings and salary-cap maneuvering around their two Stanley Cup victories have not given them good position. But that will change at Friday’s NHL entry draft in Chicago because the Kings own the 11th...

NHL Draft: Could LA move up or down? What’s Blake’s outlook?

With the NHL Draft kicking off Friday night, LA Kings Insider will be present throughout the team’s stay in Chicago and will have reports from team scouts and executives and those who will wear a Kings jersey for the first time once their name is called from the stage at the United Center. Be on […] The post NHL Draft: Could LA move up or down? What’s Blake’s outlook? appeared first on LA Kings Insider.

Nachbaur hired as an assistant; possibility for “eye in the sky” coach to be added

The Kings continued to fill out their coaching staff, announcing on Thursday that they had hired Don Nachbaur, who will join assistant coach Dave Lowry and goaltending coach Bill Ranford under head coach John Stevens. During a conference call earlier in the day, general manager Rob Blake hinted that the team may hire an additional […] The post Nachbaur hired as an assistant; possibility for “eye in the sky” coach to be added appeared first on LA Kings Insider.

2017-18 schedule released. Factoids and bullet points!

Behold, the 2016-17 Kings schedule is upon us! Please forgive the wonky formatting. The bullet points: -The NHL’s schedule matrix, which changed with the addition of an eighth Pacific Division team, can be accessed here. Previously, the Kings played five divisional opponents five times, and one divisional opponent four times. With the addition of the […] The post 2017-18 schedule released. Factoids and bullet points! appeared first on LA Kings Insider.
FOX Sports Jun 22, 2017

LA Kings hire WHL veteran Don Nachbaur as assistant coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have hired Don Nachbaur to be an assistant coach on John Stevens' new staff.
Los Angeles Times Jun 22, 2017

Vegas Golden Knights stock their roster in expansion draft; Oilers' Connor McDavid stocks his trophy case

Brayden McNabb looked down at his fresh, new jersey, examining the colors and crest of the Golden Knights with a dazed but eager eye moments after they had claimed him from the Kings in the NHL’s expansion draft. “It’s nice,” he said. “A little flashy. It’s like Vegas.” The Golden Knights, the...

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