Klemm’s prospect report

Jon Klemm, a 15-year veteran of the NHL who was part of two Stanley Cup seasons in Colorado, had the opportunity to play with many of the Kings’ top prospects when he started the season in Manchester. Here are his thoughts …

On the overall strength of the prospects: “You look at all the kids down there and they’re all working hard. There’s some good young talent in Manchester and they’ve got some guys still in juniors who are very good. I think the future is definitely going to be bright for this organization.”

On Ted Purcell: “He’s a really talented player. He’s got great hands and great vision on the ice. He’s strong on the stick, tough to get the puck off of, and strong on his feet. He’s going to be a good player in this league.”

On Brian Boyle: He’s a big, strong guy. Once he gets in there and gets a hold of a guy, he’s usually going to come out with the puck because he’s so big and strong. He’s maybe taken a little longer to develop because they’re trying to convert him into a defenseman. You come into this league playing forward your whole life and moving to D, it’s going to be a tough task to get to this level. But he’s getting a lot of minutes down there and he’s improving.”

On Marc-Andre Cliche: He’s one of those guys who’s a great defensive forward, kind of a checking forward. He reminds me of a Stephane Yelle type of player. He’s a guy who can put the puck in the net when given the opportunity but, at the same time, he’s tough defensively.”

On Gabe Gauthier: “He’s one of the guys who is kind of holding up the fort for us down there. He’s not a big guy but he gets his nose dirty and gets into the dirty areas and finds a way to get the puck into the net. He’s a good playmaker too.”

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  • anthony

    Yo Matt,
    What about Tukonen.
    Dave Taylor chose him 11th overall (same as Kopitar) in the 2004 draft.
    That’s a high draft pick.
    Does he have a chance to make it in the NHL?
    Is he bust?
    Anyone

  • anthony

    Oh yeah,
    And what about Peter Harrold & Trevor Lewis.

  • mike

    those four players he described are exactly what it takes to win. of course its great to have a bunch of superstars, but those players are great for depth.

    i heard trevor lewis is off to a slot start, and peter harrold is playing extremely well.

  • mike

    slot=slow

    sorry bout that.

  • 619KingsFan

    Thanks for taking the time to post this, Matt! I forget which blogger suggested this Klemm interview idea, but it was brilliant. And you are very diligent to follow through on the idea, Matt.

  • ChrisD

    Why the heck would you ask about Gabe Gauthier? I know he’s put up some numbers down there, but c’mon..

  • FordKing

    ChrisD said:
    Why the heck would you ask about Gabe Gauthier? I know he’s put up some numbers down there, but c’mon..
    WHY?
    Same reason people ask your gender, CHRIS, because “inquiring minds wanna know”

  • triplcrown

    I’m feeling a bit sad for SCOTT PARSE.

    His injury must be pretty darn serious for him to be out this long and still be a “non-entity” in December, who is not even being talked about.

    All I know is, as a prospect, PARSE was reputed to have exceptional hockey sense, quick hands, an all-round game, and a determined attitude with leadership ability as well.

    Just what IS his injury anyway?

    When is he coming back?

    And…
    IS he coming back?

  • ChrisD

    FordKing,

    The odds of Gabe Gauthier being a regular NHL-er are slim.

    Wouldn’t you rather know how Tukonen is doing? What does Klemm think of Harrold? Lewis? Hell, how is Cloutier doing?