Welcome to the Los Angeles Kings Prospect Update, a weekly feature highlighting a prospect in the Los Angeles Kings system.
The Kings currently own the league rights of 46 players outside of the NHL, including Professional players in Europe, Junior players and players in college. Click here to see the 2008-09 LA Kings Prospect Roster.
This week’s highlighted prospect is 19-year old Bryan Cameron, currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. The 5-11, 186-pound right wing from Brampton, Ontario, tallied three goals and four assists in two games with the Bulls this week. In an 8-1 Belleville victory over the Niagra Ice Dogs on Nov. 19, Cameron had three goals and two assists, tying team captain Eric Tangradi with five points for the team lead in the game. Two days later Cameron registered his 19th goal of the season on a power play Nov. 21 versus the Kingston Frontenacs to become the OHL’s leading goal scorer with two more goals than celebrated Oshawa Generals forward Jonathan Tavares. To top off a stellar week Cameron aided Team OHL in a 3-2 victory over the Russia Selects Nov. 24 in Game Four of the six-game ADT Canada-Russia Challenge held in St. Catharines, ON to give the OHL a commanding 3-1 lead.
“I was at the game when he played for Team Ontario against the Russians last night.” said Nelson Emerson, Los Angeles Kings Coordinator of Player Development. “He is a real dynamic scorer who is having a terrific season. He is now going back to Juniors to play in Belleville where the team is very successful and he has been a huge part of that. He is leading the league in goals actually and so he is going back with a terrific attitude and he definitely wants to get his game to the highest level it can get to. ”
Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 3rd round (82nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cameron is currently in his fourth season with Belleville. A consistent producer, Cameron tallied his first point in the OHL during his first game on Sep. 22, 2005. The Bulls are currently first in the Eastern Conference and second in the OHL with 38 points (17-6-4). Last season Belleville took a run at the OHL Championship J. Ross Robertson Cup after becoming the Eastern Conference Champions, only to fall in the finals to the Kitchener Rangers. Cameron contributed to that team with 78 points in 68 games (41-37=78), bringing the Bulls up to a club-record 102 points.
“He needs to continue his pace throughout the game at the high level, like a lot of the young guys. You can’t tail off because a lot of the guys on our team like Dustin Brown keep their game at a high level all night long. That’s what Bryan has to do to. One thing about Cameron is that he competes at the top level in all the scoring areas. He battles for loose pucks, gets knocked down and he keeps fighting.
"He takes a lot of abuse to score a goal and that is a great thing."
Other Los Angeles Kings prospects who had a remarkable week were Thomas Hickey of the WHL, who had one goal and four assists in three games and Justin Azevedo, who, in his first three games of the season with the AHL Manchester Monarchs after coming off a wrist injury had one goal and three assists.
Click here for the statistics on all of the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 Prospects.