As part of its recap of the first day of the Team USA Olympic camp, ESPN.com looked at Rob Scuderi’s day with the Stanley Cup, which he took on July 17. The website said “Scuderi’s father is a retired police officer, so the Cup made a visit to a local police station. His mother is a high school teacher on Long Island, so Lord Stanley made a visit to her school. Scuderi, a native of Long Island, also took the Cup to the rink where he played minor hockey growing up.”
Scuderi is one of four Kings — along with Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Quick — participating in the orientation camp this week in Woodridge, Ill.
Road to Vancouver begins for Team USA
For those who have inquired, the Kings’ first day on ice in training camp will be Sunday, Sept. 13. The first preseason games (split squads) will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 15. As previously reported, the rookie group will be on the ice for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 6.
Mark Mullen has been hired by the Kings as a scout, according to a press release issued by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the junior-level United States Hockey League. Mullen, 28, spent last season as an assistant coach in Cedar Rapids. He retired as a player following the 2004-05 ECHL season, after four years at Boston University. It’s not immediately clear which position Mullen will occupy, but given his background, it’s probably safe to guess that amateur scouting is in his future.
Mark Mullen Accepts Position with Los Angeles Kings
With the start of training camp now less than one month away, here are some of the things I’ll be working on and that you can expect soon…
— The Q&A with Luc Robitaille will hopefully be done this week. There are a ton of great questions, and I’ll do my best to get a representative sample of them answered.
— I’m hoping to chat, in the next few days, with Tim Adams, the Kings’ new strength coach, and get his thoughts about the team and his first couple months on the job.
— Training camp previews will start this week, with player-by-player breakdowns.
I’m open to suggestions for anything else that folks might be interested in…
The Kings’ rookies will hit the ice for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 6, instead of the previously reported Sept. 5.
On its website, The Hockey News is counting down — or counting up, as it were — its playoff predictions for the 2009-10 season. They have the Kings slotted at No. 12, noting that the Kings have “the deepest core of prospects in the league” but will have trouble making the playoffs in the deep West. I saw another set of predictions today that had the Kings at No. 10.
I’ve yet to see a publication “predict” that the Kings will make the playoffs, but a) I’m certain I haven’t seen them all, so please point one out if you see it, and b) it’s still early, so not all of the preseason prognostications are out there yet.
What do you think? Is No. 12 excessively low?
The Hockey News 2009-10 NHL regular season predictions
The Ducks today acquired Evgeny Artyukhin from Tampa Bay in exchange for forward Drew Miller and a third-round draft pick. Artyukhin, you might remember, is the guy who delivered the hit on Drew Doughty last season, the hit that led to Terry Murray, Dean Lombardi and others questioning whether the Kings did enough to retaliate. First Kings vs. Ducks preseason game? Sept. 19.
A quick note on the upcoming training camp… The group of Kings rookies will start their mini-camp on Saturday, Sept. 5. As previously reported, they will play a two-game series against the Phoenix Coyotes rookies on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (6 p.m.) and Thursday, Sept. 10 (2 p.m.) at the training center in El Segundo. A player roster has yet to be announced officially, but I’ll be sure to post it when I receive it.
Hockeysfuture.com, which does a strong job of tracking NHL prospects, posted its updated rankings of the Kings’ top 20 prospects. They are, in order:
1. Thomas Hickey
2. Jonathan Bernier
3. Brayden Schenn
4. Oscar Moller
5. Vyacheslav Voinov
6. Colten Teubert
7. Ted Purcell
8. Andrei Loktionov
9. Trevor Lewis
10. Martin Jones
11. Kyle Clifford
12. Jeff Zatkoff
13. Alec Martinez
14. Justin Azevedo
15. Nicolas Deslauriers
16. Davis Drewiske
17. Juraj Mikus
18. Garrett Roe
19. Scott Parse
20. Dwight King
If we’re talking about long-term potential, I would probably go with a top 10 of Bernier, Hickey, Moller, Voinov, Schenn, Teubert, Loktionov, Clifford, Zatkoff and Lewis.
How would you rank the top 10?
Luc Robitaille, Kings president, team icon and one of the newest NHL Hall of Famers, has graciously agreed to do a Q&A with our Inside the Kings readers. It’s something that has been asked about frequently on the blog, so I’m happy to be able to do it. As always, this is your forum so the questions will come exclusively from you. Please feel free to post any questions you might have for Luc. I’m anticipating doing the Q&A as soon as next week…