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Alta Loma, CA • United States • 32 Years Old • Female
I just got back from the scrimmage and thought I would do a little write-up for all the Kings fans. I haven't see it, but I was told the broadcast was horrible so I hope this helps.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with how it was structured (since I had no clue before I went), there were two 25 minute games and if the score remained tied by the end of the 2nd, it would go to a shoot-out. Also, if a player got fouled, he would receive a penalty shot instead of the offending team going shorthanded. (I wish I would have taken a video of that because it was really quite amusing to see. They would set the player up at center ice, and when the whistle blew, he would take off with all the rest of the guys chasing after him) Also, the Home team was dressed in white and the away team was dressed in purple.

I will post the notes I took (and keep in mind I was trying to write and watch at the same time so they may seem scattered) for Game 1 first and then Game 2 in another post. At the end of the second summary, I will give my analysis on who I think excelled and who I think struggled.

Game 1

Starting in Goal:
*Zatkoff (white)
*Bernier (purple)

#44, Drewiskie, made a great blocked shot (can't remember against who)

#40, Roe, is a little guy but not afraid to get in the tough spots and scrap for the puck if needed.

Bernier made a great save on #71, Rankle, from about 3ft out. I was almost certain he was beat, but he is definitely quick to reposition himself, and made the save.

#80, Doughty, made a huge hit on #50, Holloway (was dressed in white), which really is what initiated the rest of the guys to start checking harder.

#82, Wudrick, very effectively took #71, Rankle, off the puck allowing his team to gain possession. Was a pretty impressive defensive play by a forward.

#57, Simmonds, is not affraid to use his body to get to the puck. Was making some pretty big checks for a forward.

#81, Campbell, received a penalty shot and missed.

#78, Bagnall, was the most impressive, for me, of all the d-men at the scrimmage. Given that he's a bit older than many of the other guys there, his experience definitely showed.

# 74, King, receives a penalty shot and missed

#57, Simmonds, and # 76, Voynov, (both in white) were streaking down the ice in a 3 on 2 when a mis-communication between them caused a mid-ice collision between the two players. Because of their speed, they hit each other pretty hard and both went down. Immediately after, both went to the bench for a change.

#83, Lokitionov, made a very nifty maneuver around another guy before driving to the net for a shot. He got held along the way and received a penalty shot too, but hesitated way to long to get a shot off and was stripped of the puck before he even had a chance.

Shots on Goal:
White- 20
Purple- 7

Game 1 ended with no score

Game 2

Starting in Goal:
*Rowat (purple)
*Taylor (white)

Very early on, #57, Simmonds, receives a penalty shot and misses.

At 19:16 , #40, Roe, scores the a goal for the white team, assisted by #44, Drewiskie, and #71, Rankle

At 16:14, purple switched goalies, and Quick was put in net

#60, Dravecky, and # 51, Moller, both in white, collide with each other rendering themselves useless on the developing play.

#40, Roe, made a surprisingly big hit on # 70, Weiss, and completely made Weiss ineffective.

#78, Bagnall, is a very hard hitter, which may be a welcome addition to the big club.

# 85, Nolet, got very obviously hooked by #82, Wudrick, and received a penalty shot which was missed

White made an attempt to pull the goailie at the 1:30 minute mark, but couldn't keep possession of the puck. Eventually, Quick was able to get off the ice, but by then it was too late.

Shots on Goal:
White- 19

Game 2 ends with the White team winning 1-0. There was no shootout.

My Analysis

The 2 guys that stood out to me the most were Bagnall (D-man) and Roe (Forward) . I don't know how many years these guys have played with the team, but they definitely should join the big club. To me, Bagnall was a very solid stay-at-home d-man that many guys had an extremely hard time getting around, if at all. He loves to make big hits, strips guys off the puck very well, and positions himself to block shots and take away passing lanes also. Based on what I've seen today, I would want him on the roster tomorrow. Roe, for being only 5'8", plays just as big as anyone on the ice. He's very scrappy, and isn't afraid to get into the corners and position himself in front of the net (even though he may be crushed). He's got great speed, and given that he was the only player to find the twine, should definitely get considered to break the roster. I would nearly compare him to Danny Briere in how he plays.

As far as goalies, Bernier looked great, which is what I expected based on what I've read, but I'm not sure if I would bring him up just yet. I've heard that goalies are a delicate bunch in that if you rush their development, it could destroy any progress they may have made. Zatkoff didn't face many shots but was able to save every one he did. Quick was able to keep the game to a one goal difference. Rowat was the only one to let a goal in. All of them did well with the penalty shots.

Guy that struggled the most was # 33, Westgarth. He's got great size, but he's not a very good skater and has trouble handling the puck.

If you want to know some specific info on some of the players, feel free to ask! I will give a brief analysis of Teubert, Doughty, Wudrick, and Azevedo in a few hours for those who are interested.

Edited: Here's my analysis of Teubert, Doughty, Wudrick. and Azevedo...in that order.

Of the two d-men picked up by the Kings in the first round of the Draft this year, I would say Teubert is the guy to watch out for. He is quite the beast, as I've heard people refer to him. What impressed me most was his ability to read the play and make plays where he not only renders the player on the puck useless, but also takes away the passing lanes. He is another one that like to hit hard and was difficult for the other team to get around. I say he's ready now.

As much hype that there is about the kid, I could see the possibility of Doughty spending a year in the AHL. He is a good two way player, but there just seems to be something lacking from his game that I can't quite put my finger on. And it doesn't help that his team faced so many shots in the first game, and ended up losing in the end. He is great at moving the puck up ice though, and that hit he put on Holloway was definitely one that stung a bit. If he can make whatever adjustment he needs to by the pre-season, then I can see him cracking the roster.

There was just something about Wudrick that impressed me at the practice on Sunday (maybe it was his fancy puck handling skills he displayed after the practice was over) that made me want to keep an eye on this kid at the scrimmage. I have to say, he's pretty good. I mentioned before that he was very defensively minded for a forward, but he is very effective at it. The only thing I would criticize is that he needs to be more aware of where his stick is going when not positioned on the ice. He made an extremely blatant hook on another player that would have never happened if he was a little more cautious.

Lastly, Azevedo. I have to start by saying that I was impressed with what I saw of him playing during the Memorial Cup. That said, I truly didn't realize how small he really is until I had the chance to see him in person next to the other players. He is tiny! However, he doesn't let his size keep him from getting into the tough spots. I noticed he liked to position himself in front of the net. Also, he has great speed, probably because he has too. And his biggest attribute is that he never gives up, even if he doesn't stand a chance against the other guy. If he can gain any amount of size, then he has a chance. At his current stature, I fear he would get crushed, but I hope he proves me wrong on that because he really has some talent that could be beneficial to the team.
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July 15, 2008 1:07 AM ET | Delete
Great post! Thank you for this.
July 15, 2008 2:39 AM ET | Delete
Thanks sissipher! Glad I could help :) .....and I added my analysis on the other guys as well.
July 15, 2008 3:22 AM ET | Delete
Was just over at LetsgoKings.com, and it's very interesting to see the difference in opinion, in contrast to my own.
July 15, 2008 2:04 PM ET | Delete
Very good Job "CalSudRequin"! Not sure why I just read about the Kings ;) but I guess it's gotten to the point where I like reading your insights and the fact that they are a division rival makes the info good to know. Now fire up the Hybrid and get up to NorCal and report on some Sharks stuff for us! LOL
July 15, 2008 2:08 PM ET | Delete
I would agree with you on a lot there. Doughty didn't quite take over the game as much as I had anticipated, although to be completely fair, the internet feed was so bad I couldn't tell who was on the ice half the time and who made what plays. All I know is that Teubert stood out more than Doughty. But, as I said, that could have just been the commentators mentioning him more. Who knows? While Wudrick did stand out for me, another player stood out more. Moller was behind many of the plays and I remember numerous times of him trying to drive to the net. With a little work, this guy is going to succeed.
July 15, 2008 2:15 PM ET | Delete
Thanks SCSG...Its good to hear opinions from the other side!!!
July 15, 2008 2:35 PM ET | Delete
Sharks_fan, if I could afford it, I would so be there!! That would be awesome!
July 15, 2008 2:40 PM ET | Delete
Nemmy, I wouldn't say you disagree with me, more like you've added something I didn't mention. Since this is my first chance at getting to see the Kings Prospects in action, I wasn't sure which players to keep an eye out for. The one's that I did mention were the one's that stood out for me at the practice on Sunday. The only thing that I wrote down on him specifically, was that he collided with a teammate, but I do remember him working his but off out there, which I think is a great quality in a player, IMO.
July 15, 2008 3:53 PM ET | Delete
thanks for that update! I agree that Bernier and Doughty should not be rushed, especially since we are in another rebuilding year this season. Sign Ersberg and have LaBarbera back him up till Bernier is ready.
July 15, 2008 7:47 PM ET | Delete
I saw it too. It was pure comedy
July 15, 2008 7:48 PM ET | Delete
more info on Joe Piskula and Davis Drewiske?
July 15, 2008 7:57 PM ET | Delete
What about Zatkoff? What are his chances of getting a callup this season with the big club? He's the son of an old friend of mine. I dont hear much about him.
July 16, 2008 2:40 AM ET | Delete
Red, I didn't really notice Piskula which leads me to think he didn't do much out there, but that doesn't mean he didn't, I just didn't see him. As far as Drewiske, he looked pretty good at the practice on Sunday, and during the scrimmage, made some plays, but nothing eventful. He did make a great block pretty close to the beginning of the game, which I remember saying out loud "nice." I'll have to ask my boyfriend more on Drew because he wrote down some things from Sunday about him, but I don't remember what. Check back tomorrow night, and I'll put it up.
July 16, 2008 2:47 AM ET | Delete
Bushay, unfortunatley Zatkoff didn't get the opportunity to get challenged much since he faced a grand total of 7 shots when he was out there. But he did stop every shot that did make it through, and I don't remember him making any mistakes, that I can think of. As far as him making the big club next year he's not the first in line, that spot would go to Bernier, if the team called anyone up. But all the goalies showed promise, and if they continue improving, the Kings are going to have a nice group to chose from. Hope that helps some.
July 16, 2008 12:33 PM ET | Delete
SCSG, awesome review! I just knew Bernier was a stud! ;o) Love that kid. Can't wait to see him in the big leagues for real, but I agree that he needs a little more time, to damage his development at this point would be an absolute crime. I see him becoming an elite goalie in time. Wish I would've been able to watch it myself, but your review was almost as good as being there.
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