LA Kings Prospects Get Long, Hard Look At Rookie Camp
Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty got a chance to hit up Rookie Camp this weekend and had got some interesting comments. Take a read.
EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League training camps are still almost a week away, but NHL rookie camps are open across the league, including at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, where the Los Angeles Kings are getting a close look at their young prospects.
The Kings opened their 2009-10 Rookie Camp on Saturday, September 5, with meetings and physical testing.
The rookies began two-a-day, on-ice practice sessions on Sunday and that will continue through Tuesday, September 8.
Since their July Development Camp, Kings head coach Terry Murray has noticed improvement overall among his young prospects.
“[Saturday] was a very good day with the on-ice/off-ice testing,” said Murray. It was very demanding and we’re seeing a real good upside to a lot of the guys.”
“I see a change in players coming back from the Development Camp,” added Murray. “Physically, they look better, young guys getting stronger and improving.”
Although anything is possible, no one should expect one of the young prospects to make the Kings roster this season, especially not one coming straight out of junior hockey.
“Never say never and I mentioned that yesterday in our introductory meeting,” Murray emphasized. I pointed out that at the end of the season there were five guys—rookies who made major contributions [on our team last season]. We’re looking for good things—I want to throw that encouragement out there.”
But Murray was rather blunt in adding that no one should get their hopes up too high…
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