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As a first round draft pick, LA Kings left wing prospect Adrian Kempe has gotten a lot of attention, including from some fans who think the Kings should call him up to the big club's roster right now.

Although this is just Kempe's first full season in the AHL, you can't blame those who think he is ready for the big show. Indeed, with his tremendous speed, the quick release on his shot, and with the considerable muscle he packed onto his frame this past summer, Kempe looks like he could be ready for NHL.

But even with all that, and with the assessment being that he's ahead of his expected development pace, no, he's not ready for the NHL. Not quite yet, anyway.

For more on Kempe, including comments from exclusive interviews with Kempe and Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers, check out:
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As a first round draft pick, LA Kings left wing prospect Adrian Kempe has gotten a lot of attention, including from some fans who think the Kings should call him up to the big club's roster right now.

Although this is just Kempe's first full season in the AHL, you can't blame those who think he is ready for the big show. Indeed, with his tremendous speed, the quick release on his shot, and with the considerable muscle he packed onto his frame this past summer, Kempe looks like he could be ready for NHL.

But even with all that, and with the assessment being that he's ahead of his expected development pace, no, he's not ready for the NHL. Not quite yet, anyway.

For more on Kempe, including comments from exclusive interviews with Kempe and Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers, check out:
LOS ANGELES — With left wing prospect Michael Mersch having been called up to the Los Angeles Kings for fill-in duty with veteran left wing Kyle Clifford out of the lineup due to an upper bod...
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After getting off to a sluggish start while playing with center Anze Kopitar to start the 2015-16 +NHL season,  veteran +Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic is playing well on a line with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli.

But Lucic's improvement is not only because he plays on one of the hottest lines in the NHL. In fact, it's as much about fitting in with the Kings franchise as a whole, as it is about building chemistry with his line mates, maybe more.

Lucic's early struggles can, in large part, be attributed to him working to fit with his new team and his new teammates, and to get accustomed to a new environment, a new home.

To read the scoop on that, check out...
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Being the new kid in school is usually tough for any student. Indeed, after being uprooted from comfortable, familiar surroundings where you have established friendships, may...
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Backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth has started just two games for the +Los Angeles Kings  so far this season, but he has already made quite the impact, stopping 39 out of 40 shots in a win at San Jose on October 22, and then shutting out the St. Louis Blues on November 3.
 
What you probably don't know is the little thing Enroth did during training camp that has changed the way he plays the game,  not to mention making him a better goaltender.
 
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The good news is that after a dismal 0-3 start, the +Los Angeles Kings are now in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

The bad news is that, for all intents and purposes, their scoring is coming almost exclusively from one line.

Among several forwards who are off to a very slow start is veteran left wing sniper Marian Gaborik, who spoke exclusively about his struggles with Frozen Royalty after practice on October 30...
EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a dreadful 0-3 start to the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, relying heavily on goaltender Jo...
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+Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb was openly criticized by head coach Darryl Sutter coming out of training camp earlier this month and was a healthy scratch in the team's first game of the season.

But since then, McNabb has been more than just "pretty solid." In fact, he been one of the Kings' best defensemen, so good that he has been paired with superstar defenseman Drew Doughty and is getting top defensive pair minutes.

So what changed for McNabb? What did he do to turn the bad start to the new season into a good one?

To find out what both he, and Coach Sutter had to say, check out...
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Brayden McNabb began the 2015-16 National Hockey League season in street clothes, rather than on the bench with his teammates, in the Los Angeles Kings’ first game of t...
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Off to a dreadful 0-3 start to the 2015-16 +NHL season, the +Los Angeles Kings have seen their best players be anything but in their first three games.

That has to change, and everyone knows it.

For more, including audio of interviews with Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford and head coach Darryl Sutter, check out:
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The +Los Angeles Kings and +Anaheim Ducks usually battle it out on the ice as they compete for playoff berths in the +NHL's Pacific Division and Western Conference standings. But on November 15, that competition went out the door completely, and for a good reason.

That day, the teams worked together to introduce active duty military and veterans to sled hockey, hoping that they'll like a sport that has proven to not only be therapeutic, but a life saver.

This is an expanded version of a story that will appear in the January 2016 edition of USA Hockey Magazine, and even though I'm saying this myself, as the author, you won't want to miss this. It's informative and inspirational, and it's one of the best hockey-related events (including playoff games) that I've ever had the opportunity to cover.

You can read all about it at (tag: +Los Angeles Kings FanPage, +Los Angeles Kings Fans, +Anaheim Ducks FanPage, +Anaheim Ducks Hockey Talk, +Anaheim Ducks Fans, +LA Kings SportsRoadhouse)...
Also includes photos from the So Cal Warrior Sled Hockey Learn To Play Clinic on November 15. The following is an expanded version of a story that will appear in the January 2016 edition of USA Hoc...
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Just in case you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, +Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown is in the midst of a 13-game goal scoring slump this season...which just happens to be 13-games old for the Kings. But his goal scoring drought extends all the way back to April of last season, and when he scored that goal, he ended a 19-game goal scoring slump.

But there's a significant difference between the slumping Dustin Brown of 2014-15 and today's version. Just what is that difference, and even more important, for Brown, the focus really isn't just on goal scoring...

To learn more, and to listen to audio interviews with Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter, check out...
AUDIO: Listen to media interviews with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after the team’s practice on November 6, 2015. EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that Lo...
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+Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Kurtis MacDermid sure stands out...like the proverbial sore thumb...something that's easy to do when you're 6-5 and weigh 222 pounds.

MacDermid, who is in his first season in professional hockey with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, the Ontario Reign, is working to be more than the tough guy he has built a reputation as. Indeed, he has to be more than just an enforcer, and he knows that very well.

To hear about his progress towards that end, including comments from MacDermid and Reigh head coach Mike Stothers, check out...
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+Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch got himself on a fast track to the +NHL last season. This year, starting with training camp, he has accelerated his journey towards the NHL in dramatic fashion, and is now considered to be ready for the big show.

But why? What has he done to make such a big push so far in the still-very-young 2015-16 season?

+Ontario Reign Pro Hockey LLC head coach Mike Stothers and Kings assistant general manager (and Reign general manager) Rob Blake, not to mention Michael Mersch, spoke with Frozen Royalty after the Reign's 3-0 win over the San Jose Barracuda​ on October 23.

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AUDIO/VIDEO: Also includes audio of interviews with Ontario Reign left wing and Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Michael Mersch and Reign head coach Mike Stothers. Also linked is video of an in...
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POST-GAME VIDEO INTERVIEWS from the +Los Angeles Kings 2-1 win over the +Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night at Staples Center.

Interviews with Tyler Toffoli, Brayden McNabb, and Jake Muzzin (including footage that didn't air on TV) can be viewed here (click on the URL below to see ALL the interviews)...
LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored at 13:38 of the first period, and Tyler Toffoli scored a breakaway goal at 16:20 of the second period to help lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over ...
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Trevor Lewis, Brayden McNabb and Tyler Toffoli spoke with Frozen Royalty about the +Los Angeles Kings slow start to the new season, and what they have to do in order to get themselves going in the right direction.

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ALSO: Don’t miss the latest Sutter-ism from Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter! EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 0-2 to start the 2015-16 National Hockey ...
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News And View On The Los Angeles Kings And The NHL By Gann Matsuda
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Frozen Royalty provides responsible journalism, and in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League. Features news, commentary, analysis, feature stories and interviews with players, coaches...right on up to general managers and beyond.

Gann Matsuda has been writing about the Kings and the NHL since 1986, and has served as News Editor for kingshockey,com since 1995. He also covered the Kings for thehockeywriters.com during the 2010-11 season, and served as the Featured Columnist (something like a lead writer, I guess) covering the Kings for bleacherreport.com. He also covered the Kings and the NHL for hockeytalk.biz from late 2006 to February 2009.

In February 2009, Matsuda became a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.