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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings's Mike Kalinowski continues his Future King series, chatting with Kings prospect Wayne Simmonds.

 Future King: Wayne Simmonds  

Position: Right Wing
Born: Aug. 26, 1988 (Scarborough, Ontario)
Ht: 6-1
Wt: 174
Drafted: Selected by the Kings in the second round (61st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

Noteworthy Accomplishments From The 2007-08 Season:

  • Agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings on Dec. 31, 2007
  • Won a gold medal while skating with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships
  • His teammates on the World Championship team included Kings prospects Drew Doughty, Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Bernier
  • Traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League after opening the 2007-08 season with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack
  • Tied for sixth in regular season scoring for the Greyhounds after recording 36 points (16-20=36) in only 31 regular season games
  • Added another 14 points (5-9=14) in 14 postseason games as the Greyhounds - who finished in first place in the OHL’s West Division - advanced to the league’s Western Conference Finals before losing to the Kitchener Rangers
  • Opened the 2007-08 season by scoring 39 points (17-22=39) in only 29 regular season games before he was traded from Owen Sound
  • His 2007-08 regular season totals included 75 points (33-42=75) and 111 penalty minutes in 60 games
Interview Highlights:
  • Just completed his second summer of Development Camp with the Kings about one week ago
  • Describes a busy December of 2007 when he was traded to Sault Ste. Marie and then - after only playing three games with his new team – he made his way to the Czech Republic to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships
  • Says his World Junior experience was “unbelievable” and that it was probably the best time he’s ever had in his life
  • Says hard work and determination led to his chance to play for Team Canada
  • Played for head coach Craig Hartsburg in Sault Ste. Marie and Hartsburg also was his coach at the World Junior Championships
  • Says he needs to work on puck protection this summer so he will be ready to challenge for a job at Kings Training Camp in September
  • Says he can learn a lot from guys like Dustin Brown
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