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, previously profiled on Nov. 25, 2008 and currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. The Kings 3rd round pick (82nd overall) from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cameron tallied two goals and two helpers in three games, finishing the week plus-4 over the previous seven days. Cameron has been a consistent producer all season, posting over 10 points in each of five months since the end of September. The 5-11, 186-pound right wing from Brampton, Ontario now has 81 points (37-44=81) in 64 games with Belleville, including an impressive plus-32 rating. Belleville has now finished the regular season and moves into their first playoff game March 18 sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference with 98 points (47-17-4).
“I am excited for him that he had a good finish,” said Nelson Emerson, Los Angeles Kings Coordinator of Player Development. “I think the last week or two weeks he picked his game up a little bit. If you look at Bryan, he had a tremendous first half of the season and so we are excited that he finished off really well. It is important for him to have really good playoffs, because he is on a really good team there and they are expected to do some good things.
“We will be watching him and we are excited about his season and excited to watch him in the playoffs.”
In other Kings prospect news, 19-year old defenseman Colten Teubert and goaltender Linden Rowat have finished the Regina Pats WHL season and are moving to the Kings ECHL affiliate Ontario Reign. Teubert, the Kings first round pick (11th overall) of last year’s NHL Entry Draft, had a good showing his last week in Juniors, tallying three assists in three games to finish his season in Regina with 37 points (12-25=37) in 60 games. In 48 games with Regina, Rowat posted a 19-24-4 record, including a 3.07 GAA, .901 save percentage and two shutouts.
“It is a great opportunity for both of them. The fact that they get to go to Ontario and play for Karl [Taylor] and join our system to get their feet wet at the pro level, it is very exciting for him. They have got to be very excited at the opportunity. They are coming right out of their junior teams and stepping into the pro environment, so they will learn all of the little things about how to handle themselves and act in the pro environment.
“We are excited about the opportunity that they will have.”
Other Los Angeles Kings prospects who had a solid week included Thomas Hickey of the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, who had three points (1-2=3) and was plus-6 in three games to bring his rating up to plus-37. Bud Holloway, who joined the Ontario Reign on Feb. 18 and was profiled here just after the move, continued his hot streak in the ECHL, scoring four goals in four games to bring his point total to 18 (12-6=18) in just 14 games with Ontario.
Click here for the statistics on all of the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 Prospects. For more information on Kings prospects and for past updates, please check out the Prospect News section here.