Future Kings (Your Monday Morning Prospect News)

Here are the numbers for the Kings' prospects playing in juniors, sorted by points per game:

  GP G A P +/- PPG
Brayden Schenn 8 6 11 17 11 2.13
Tyler Toffoli 50 44 43 87 39 1.74
Linden Vey 50 36 51 87 29 1.74
Robbie Czarnik 45 27 37 64 13 1.42
Jordan Weal 53 28 42 70 8 1.32
Maxim Kitsyn 13 3 11 14 7 1.08
Nicolas Deslauriers 34 11 22 33 9 0.97

Toffoli is leading the OHL in goals and points. Vey is leading the WHL in points. Weal is 7th in the WHL. Czarnik is 15th in the OHL, despite having joined the team late due to Kings and then Monarchs training camps. Deslauriers, who missed nearly half the season with an injury, is 16th among QMJHL defensemen. 

Mississauga Article: Majors crush Sting
Once again, the Sarnia Sting were no match for the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. [...] Rob Flick, who scored twice against Sarnia last Sunday, potted two more against the Sting tonight. [...] Marc Cantin and Justin Shugg each recorded a goal and assist while Brett Flemming and Michael D'Orazio also scored for Mississauga. Maxim Kitsyn chipped in with three assists.

Martindale’s three-point night paces 67’s to 6-2 win over Peterborough - Winnipeg Free Press
Ryan Martindale scored twice and set up another goal on Friday night and the Ottawa 67’s downed the Peterborough Petes 6-2 in the Ontario Hockey League. Martindale, a centre, and OHL scoring leader Tyler Toffoli were reunited with usual linemate Shane Prince after the left-winger returned to the lineup since suffering an upper-body injury almost two weeks ago. Toffoli notched his league-high 44th goal of the season and added two assists to give him 86 points in 49 games[...]

Vey, Pitlick both score two goals to lead Tigers to 6-1 victory over Broncos - Winnipeg Free Press
Linden Vey and Tyler Pitlick had two goals each as the Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Swift Current Broncos 6-1 in WHL action Friday night.

Noesen's five points power Plymouth Whalers to 7-3 rout of Sarnia Sting - Winnipeg Free Press
Stefan Noesen had a five-point night to lead the Plymouth Whalers over the Sarnia Sting 7-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night. Noesen scored two goals and assisted on three others for Plymouth (29-19-4), while Robbie Czarnik scored twice and added two assists and Rickard Rakell had a goal and tacked on a pair of assists.

Monarchs, Jones shut out the Devils - Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
With its offense and defense in high gear, [...] goalie Martin Jones shut out the Albany Devils, 4-0, [...] in Albany, N.Y., Saturday night. The win keeps Manchester atop the Atlantic Division standings with 67 points. Oscar Moller paced the Monarchs offense with two goals while Dwight King and Bud Holloway scored once each. Jones was drum-tight in goal as he turned aside 26 Albany shots to secure the blanking. [...] Moller, with assists going to Marc-Andre Cliche and Thomas Hickey, made the score 2-0 five minutes later with his first goal. Midway through the middle period, Moller netted his second of the game and his 13th of the season for a 3-0 Manchester lead. Colten Teubert and Jordan Nolan provided the help. Holloway closed the game's scoring in the third with his 16th on another Manchester power play. Hickey and Mullen assisted.

St. Cloud State - MEN'S HOCKEY: SCSU Falls 4-3 at UNO
SCSU sophomore forward David Eddy [...] opened the attack at 8:08 of the first period with his 4th goal of the season. He was assisted on the power play effort by [...] senior forward Garrett Roe [...]. Roe pushed the score to 2-0 with his sixth goal of the season at 12:59 of the first. [...] Roe now has 167 points in his collegiate career at SCSU, which ranks 4th in the team records. He tops SCSU's career leader list with 106 assists as a Husky. Roe also has 61 goals at SCSU, which places him in a 7th place tie for career goals along with Husky legend Tyler Arnason (1998-01). Roe is one of just eight players at SCSU to reach the 60-goal plateau during his career.

Barta, Gravel growing together | sctimes.com | St Cloud Times
[...] "If he [Brett Barta] wants to jump up into the play, he knows I’d have his back," said [Kevin] Gravel, who has three assists in 24 games. "We both pride ourselves on our defensive game."

"I’m a puck-moving defenseman and he’s really solid defensively," Barta said. "I’ll try to move the puck and if I’m in trouble, he’s always there to back me up." Barta’s an elementary education major and he’s found a good student in Gravel, a freshman from Kingsford, Mich., who likes to talk and follow a lot of hockey. The pair are roommates on the road and communicate a lot during a game.

"He’s learned game, by game, by game," Barta said of Gravel. "He’s rolled with the punches, which is what you have to do. One big thing that we’ve talked about is the next shift is a new shift. Learn from the last one and move on from it. It doesn’t matter if we scored or got scored on the last shift. We’ll talk to each other on the bench and kind of forget what just happened."

That’s something that has changed this season for Barta, who in past seasons, has dwelled on mistakes [...]. Some credit goes to Gravel for helping that even out. "Brett’s a leader and a great kid and took (Gravel) under his wing," Huskies coach Bob Motzko said. "Kevin’s a steady, big, lanky, imposing defenseman. His stability has evened out Brett. [...] Barta has seen improvement in Gravel’s play on offense during the season. "His shot from the point has improved," Barta said. "He was afraid to shoot early in the season, afraid it was going to get blocked. He’s jumping up in the (offensive) play a lot more now."

[...] "Don’t panic when you have the puck. If you don’t have a play right away, chip the puck off the glass — that’s never a bad play," Gravel said of some of the advice he’s gotten from Barta, who has played in 103 college games. [...]

And the fun thing about Gravel is that he’s not close to the ceiling for his level of play. "He’s going to be able to add offense to his game," Motzko said of Gravel. "Right now, you see him very conscious of being responsible defensively. He doesn’t get in trouble out there. We’ve seen bits and pieces (of his ability). He can really get up in the play and he’s got some tools to help us there from an offensive standpoint."

WHL From Above: Schenn's Gordie Howe hattrick; Blades clinch playoff spot
Saskatoon would make it 3-0 after one period as Brayden Schenn scored his 7th of the year late in the period. [...] In the 3rd, Brayden Schenn took on Cam Braes to cap off the Gordie Howe hattrick.

WHL Prospect Watch (2/6/11) | INSIDE HOCKEY
Los Angeles Kings prospect Linden Vey maintained his lead in points in the WHL with a four-point weekend (two goals, two assists) — giving him 87 points in 50 games this year. The Medicine Hat Tigers forward leads Spokane’s Tyler Johnson by one point for the top spot. Vey’s two goals and one assist led the Tigers to a 6-1 victory over Swift Current on Friday. He added a helper in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors and Florida Panthers prospect Quinton Howden. A native of Wakaw, SK, Vey has established a new career-high in goals with 36 (previously 24) and tied his career mark in assists (51) on Saturday in his forth year in Medicine Hat.

Ian Clark's On Hockey: After fun, some games for Monarchs - Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
[...] Thursday's pre-practice warm-up [...] was some soccer in the open area just off the ice at St. Anselm's Sullivan Arena. "It's fun. It loosens you up a bit and it's a good warm-up, but at the same time I don't think you could find a guy that's not laughing out there," said Monarchs defenseman Thomas Hickey. "It gets your competitive juices flowing. I think it's good for us."

[...] "It's to get you warmed up, but the boys have fun. You can see us joking around and it builds those relationships and jokes that keep a team loose," said Monarchs forward Bud Holloway. "(It's) big bragging rights until next Thursday." Holloway was on the winning team, taking a 4-3 victory thanks in large part to Hickey's heroics in the net ... or in this case, between two garbage cans.

"I take up a lot of net. I'm more of a flopper," Hickey said. "I try to see the ball because there's a lot of traffic in front of the net. I made a few acrobatic saves." The team then took to the ice for practice, the second day back from the AHL all-star game break. [...]

"With the break, it was both mental and physical and nice to get away from the rink for a while," Hickey said. "This is where things really buckle down and points become that much more important when the all-star game is over. All the players know that come Friday, all these points matter big time."

Whalers' Czarnik keeps the faith in pursuit of hockey dream | the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers and Hometown Weeklies | hometownlife.com

Robbie Czarnik of the Plymouth Whalers is quiet and reserved and isn’t about to crush an opponent through the boards. But the Whalers center from Washington, Mich. lets two things in his life do the talking for him — his strong faith in Christianity and considerable talent as a playmaker and goal scorer. As far as Czarnik is concerned, the two are woven together, with it being up to God more than himself or anybody else whether his path leads to the National Hockey League. "I just know if it’s meant to be, if it’s gonna happen, there’s a plan set for me," said Czarnik, whose NHL rights belong (appropriately, for a believer) to the Los Angeles Kings. [I have no idea what that means. --Quisp]

"If I’m going to sign and play, get an NHL contract, I will get one and I just have to continue to play hard and believe it will happen." L.A. scouts likely have been impressed with former University of Michigan player Czarnik so far this season. In 37 OHL games, he has 24 goals and 50 points. [...] Denise Ronayne, director of sales and marketing for the Whalers, [said], "I give him a lot of credit for being a young athlete, being a successful young athlete, and being very straightforward and just saying ‘I didn’t get here by myself.’"

Strong Gravel solid for SCSU | sctimes.com | St Cloud Times
Kevin Gravel and his father, Jim, have some things in common, but height is not one of them.

"He’s still waiting for his (growth) spurt and says that it’s coming," Gravel said of his father, a forward who played for St. Cloud State from 1977-81. "He’s 5-8. There’s nobody tall in our family. I don’t know where [my] size came from [...]."

Gravel is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound defenseman from Kingsford, Mich. That’s good size and there are several things about Gravel that have the Huskies excited about him.

The fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings is more than halfway through his freshman season and he’s 18. Gravel turns 19 on March 6. In college hockey, that’s quite young. [H]is defensive partner, senior Brett Barta, turns 24 in April.

[...]

"His size and skating ability are two things you can’t teach," Barta said. "You can’t teach skating ability at this level. You can improve a little bit, but you’ve got to have it naturally. What’s scary is that he’s going to develop in two to three years here. [...] Two years from now, he’ll be getting ready to sign an NHL contract." Gravel said that improving his strength is one of his goals after the season ends, but he has come a long way this season.

[...]

In a roller coaster season, the defensive partnership of Gravel and Barta has been nearly a constant. [T]he coaching staff has used 56 offensive line combinations, [yet] Gravel and Barta have played together in all 24 games that Gravel has dressed in.

[...] Gravel has been the prototypical quiet freshman, soaking it all in, but that is starting to change. "I know I heard him talking before Christmas one time," Huskies coach Bob Motzko said, jokingly. "I’m almost positive it was him." [...] "He likes to talk hockey a lot," [said Barta]. "When I look over at him from the other bed (on road trips), he’s online and looking at NHL stats or videos."

[...]

"Kevin works hard every day and he’s a great athlete," Motzko said. "He’s a 6-foot-4 guy who is very nimble, has great (hockey) sense out there. His work ethic has really allowed him to settle in there and make improvements. He’s got such a great future."

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