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07-11-2011, 06:08 PM
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Some notes:

Was surprised at how tame the action was today. Really not much chippiness at all, no scraps or anything close to that. Not many goals compared to years past either. Still, can't beat live hockey in July!

6 — Jake Muzzin — D
Hands down the best player on the ice for either side. Poised, smart with the puck, physical, and surprisingly fast. One play, a forward with speed flew up the middle and he did a great job of keeping him to the outside, then forcing a turnover and making a quick outlet pass. Another, a defenseman tried to pass the puck down to a forward along the boards and Muzzin anticipated it, intercepted the puck, carried it end to end and created a scoring chance. Lastly, he picked up a puck that was loose in the slot and ripped a slapshot that rang off the post. All-around game looks great.

43 — Michael Schumacher — F
Big, slow. Good positioning in the offensive zone setting up for shots in the high slot but as far as I could tell he never created anything dangerous and I was surprised that he didn't play very much along the boards.

49 — Joel Lowry — F
Didn't notice much except for his consistent aggressiveness on the forecheck. One play in particular, he tried to take a run at a defenseman and went flying awkwardly into the boards. Lax defensive coverage.

51 — Brandon Kozun — F
Kozun's game was hot and cold. During the scrimmage, he wasn't able to accomplish much. In the practice drills, he was on a line with Kaunisto and Czarnik and they were making highlight reel plays. Looked to loosen up just as the practice was ending. Don't see him as being NHL-ready like some were hoping.

54 — Kevin Gravel — D
Didn't notice him at all today, which I guess is good for a stay-at-home type.

55 — Michael Mersch — F
Didn't stand out much in the scrimmage, save a solid hit or two and good skating for a guy of his stature. Looked a little lost in the practice drills afterwards. He did finish a few plays with goals, but one in particular was after he flubbed a couple of passes and just happened to be in a decent spot to shoot. Raw player but he's strong, if he uses his body more he could be dominant along the boards.

56 — Nicholas Shore — F
Had the best shot of the day, a snipe to the top right corner off a 2-on-1. Tried to make things happen with his speed. Had a breakaway and made a nice forehand to backhand move but couldn't finish the play. His passing was mixed, a few nice tape-to-tape feeds but a few giveaways as well.

57 — Linden Vey — F
Showed quick hands and a good shot. More polished than most of his peers with the puck but still has yet to really define himself as particularly outstanding at anything. Did forecheck well but in his own zone, he shied away from an opportunity to take the body on a defenseman who pinched down which stood out to me as a weak play.

60 — Jordan Weal — F
I don't know what the deal was, but save for a couple of flashes, Weal had an off day. Wasn't able to do much in the scrimmage and was misplaying the puck in practice drills. In one particular one, where the center takes a pass from the defense, then passes to the wing, then receives it back, then passes to the other wing, Weal was consistently behind the play. His skating looked labored and he was bent over catching his breath after almost every shift.

64 — Andy Andreoff — F
Interesting prospect. Based on his play today I see him as a mostly defensive-minded forward, sandpaper type. Threw a nasty late hit on a defenseman who had cleared the puck up the ice, no damage done and no penalty. I actually liked the play. Stayed high in the offensive zone to cover defensively but despite that was also guilty of being lazy in his backchecking.

71 — Jordan Nolan — F
Really liked the way he played today. Showed assertiveness with the puck and was unafraid to drive to the net both with and without it. Played well along the boards and did well to cut players off in the defensive zone. Did overhandle the puck a couple times in front of the net, preventing himself from getting a shot off.

72 — Nic Dowd — F
Showed off good offensive skill with a few nice dangles and some great passes. Was in the right spot most of the time defensively but was also lax in his coverage (i.e. not keeping his stick down to protect passing lanes). Simple mistakes. Is capable of playing harder.

73 — Tyler Toffoli — F
All the positives are still positive (shot, offensive zone positioning, passing) and the negatives are getting better. Though he lost his man a few times in the neutral zone, on two occasions he covered for a pinching defenseman, showing good defensive awareness. Skating looked better this year as well.

77 — Robert Czarnik — F
Was buzzing in the offensive zone for most of the scrimmage. Made a few creative plays, one in which he almost scored on a wraparound and another in which he knocked out a puck out of the air into the net after his line had a good 20 seconds of pressure (goal was disallowed as an obvious high stick but it was impressive hand-eye). Looked great in practice drills.

80 — Nicolas Deslauriers — D
Was disappointed with Nic's play today. I'm one of his biggest fans but he didn't bring it. There were flashes of skill with nice passes and good defensive recoveries (one in particular when he tied up a wide open forward in front, preventing a goal) but he never got up to full speed and wasn't throwing his body around like he usually does.

81 — Andrew Campbell — D
The good news is that Campbell was loose, comfortable, and seems like a good guy to have around. The bad was that his play today left a lot to be desired. In particular, he got overwhelmed by forecheckers and had trouble getting the puck out of his own zone. Was not strong enough behind the net against opposing forwards.

82 — Ray Kaunisto — F
The pleasant surprise of the day. Not only did he look bigger and stronger than most everyone out there, he stepped up his play as well. It's true that he's been playing pro for a year, which gives him a leg up, but he showed off offensive skill that he hasn't had an opportunity to employ yet with the Monarchs. Particularly in the drills, he was making great decisions and picking corners. Backchecked hard, played the body, and was generally decisive and confident.

84 — Derek Forbort — D
Forbort had an OK but unspectacular day. Didn't notice many glaring mistakes but he did show a tendency to telegraph his passes, staring right at his intended target. He was fortunate not to have been picked off and victimized but surely would have been against better competition. Rushed the puck a few times and got it deep without issue; was nice to see him try not to do too much and keep things simple. Made good decisions with the puck in the neutral zone.


31 — Martin Jones — G
35 — J.F. Berube — G
75 — Chris Gibson — G

To be fair, I wasn't really paying attention to the goaltenders, so I won't comment on them.

Out of the invites, a few stood out:

48 — David Eddy — F
Has good speed and quick shot. Scored a nice goal with a deke on a breakaway and was involved throughout the scrimmage. Grasped the practice drills quickly and did not look overmatched against the drafted players.

61 — Rob Mignardi — F
Pretty clear why he scored over 30 goals in each of the last two OHL seasons. Kid has a great shot, good skating ability, and wasn't shabby on the defensive side of the puck either. Solid along the boards and good tape-to-tape passes. Scored with a snipe on a penalty shot.

83 — Colin Miller — D
Offensive defenseman with a good head for the game. Showed off good skating ability and a heavy shot and generally made good decisions with the puck, although his outlet passes were picked off a few times. He looked great on one play in particular when he split two forecheckers, shrugging them off before carrying the puck up ice. Was a little weak defensively, particularly in holding the point. Still only 18 though, not sure why he didn't get drafted.


Always important to remember that it's just a one-game sample, so don't read too much into these.

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07-11-2011, 06:13 PM
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83 — Colin Miller — D
Offensive defenseman with a good head for the game. Showed off good skating ability and a heavy shot and generally made good decisions with the puck, although his outlet passes were picked off a few times. He looked great on one play in particular when he split two forecheckers, shrugging them off before carrying the puck up ice. Was a little weak defensively, particularly in holding the point. Still only 18 though, not sure why he didn't get drafted.
Agreed with Miller, loved how he played. He was the one who got into it with Anderoff on the late hit in the zone.

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Great Analysis from both of you guys. I was worried people here were going to have to rely on me for the analysis from day 1. You guys definately understand the game better then I do. I'm just glad that I much of what I said you guys apparently agreed with.

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Great Analysis from both of you guys. I was worried people here were going to have to rely on me for the analysis from day 1. You guys definately understand the game better then I do. I'm just glad that I much of what I said you guys apparently agreed with.
Thanks, my biggest problem was I wasn't watching too in depth because I spent most of the time tweeting what I saw.

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I think after a certain amount of years the organization doesn't make guys go to "prospects" camp anymore.

Yeah, but is that a compliment to Hickey, or a slap in the face?

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Thanks, my biggest problem was I wasn't watching too in depth because I spent most of the time tweeting what I saw.
Yeah I was with my Dad, a buddy of mine and his kids. We were paying attention but half the time I was trying to get one of my buddies kids to go up to Lombardi, ask for an autograph(figured it would catch Lombardi off guard for a 7 year old to ask for an autograph, lol), and then ask him when he was going to sign DD.

Unfortunately the kid *****ed out, I was hoping I would have a Lombardi quote for the boards.

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Thanks for the updates guys! Any opinions on Alex Roach?

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Thanks for the updates guys! Any opinions on Alex Roach?
I wrote down for #41 that I noticed his physical play and skating positively and his defensive play and passing negatively, but I can't remember the particulars because it was right at the beginning of the scrimmage.

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Yeah, but is that a compliment to Hickey, or a slap in the face?
From the CBA!

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15.9 Conditioning Camp. In each off-season, a Club may hold one conditioning camp (a "Conditioning Camp") for Unsigned Draft Choices and any Player in the Entry Level System with less than 120 NHL Games played. Such Conditioning Camps may not last longer than seven (7) days. The Club must pay for all expenses of the Players attending the Conditioning Camp including, without limitation, airfare, lodging and meals.
Kind of surprises me there weren't more people at the camp.

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Thanks for the updates guys! Any opinions on Alex Roach?
If I'm right he botched the play that led to Toffoli's goal. Just had a hard time handling the puck and got picked and TT slammed it home.

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Is there anything to say about Blaz Gregorc?

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Happy to hear about Nolan, Kaunisto, Muzzin and Toffoli.

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Good stuff, Rusty. Keep it up.
I would only add that ND is recovering from a couple of pretty bad injuries.

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Re: Hickey, i could be wrong, but i don't ever remember the Kings having anyone come to development camp after they've already been through 3. 3 seems to be the limit for the Kings. At that point they'd probably rather replace you with invites to see new skill and/or keep the group smaller so that guys who have had less camp experience with the Kings get more attention.

Also, thanks for the insight Josh!

I didn't manage to make it today, but will be there tomorrow, 720p Recorder in hand. Not as good as a DSLR, but better than a camera phone. I had hoped to be able to borrow a friends 7D, but that doesn't look like it is going to happen.

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Is that your opinion after going down there and watching them, or just from looking at the roster?
Watching, and not just at the camp.

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Is there anything to say about Blaz Gregorc?
In terms of defensemen, his decisions with the puck were top notch. Even when under pressure, he was able to buy himself enough time to distribute it to somewhere safe.

Unfortunately I don't have a good deal of time to get in depth with all the players. I'll write more later.

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In terms of defensemen, his decisions with the puck were top notch. Even when under pressure, he was able to buy himself enough time to distribute it to somewhere safe.

Unfortunately I don't have a good deal of time to get in depth with all the players. I'll write more later.
Appreciate it, thanks.

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Alpa, Blaz got the first shot of the prospect game. He didn't look too out of place.

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Gisbson looks freakin' huge in the net. I bet he can give Quick a run for his money in a handful of years. LoL, at Czarnick's face in half his pictures Always has that tongue sticking out. And another LoL to Kozun and him constantly being caught shooting with his eyes closed.

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Any word on invite Jeff Brown? Should have been a grinding style forward, not sure what number he would be wearing out there.

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Any word on invite Jeff Brown? Should have been a grinding style forward, not sure what number he would be wearing out there.
im pretty sure he scored. And it was a nice wrist shot too.

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Development Camp - Toffoli



Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli talks about his hopes of making the NHL during development camp.

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Development Camp - Kozun



Kings prospect Brandon Kozun talks about his hopes of making the NHL during development camp.

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Development Camp - Weal



Kings prospect Jordan Weal talks about his hopes of making the NHL during development camp.

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Development Camp - Forbort



Kings prospect Derek Forbort talks about his hopes of making the NHL during development camp.

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Kings prospect Jake Muzzin talks about his hopes of making the NHL during development camp.

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im pretty sure he scored. And it was a nice wrist shot too.
Brown scored on a shot where he got the puck I'd say high slot and walked in a bit, shot from the right circles and beat Machovsky to the blocker side. It was a decent shot but I thought Machovsky was too deep in his net allowing Brown to have a lot of space to score.

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I posted a few camera phone videos I took from the corner on YouTube. They are pretty sketchy but you do get to see Deslauries #80 work his butt off in one of them. Check it out here.

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