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What Have You Learned?

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
Nelson Emerson
Back in July, the Kings hosted their annual development camp with 28 prospects in town for three days working with the Kings coaching staff.

Sunday, we take a look at what they learned as Rookie Camp gets underway.

Take a Look Back at Development Camp:
Roster | Day I | Day II | Day III | Karl Taylor Video

"As a group in general, the Development Camp was tremendous," Player Development's Nelson Emerson told in July. "We worked on a lot of the little things like stick handling with range and stick handling with puck possession. To then see them make use of that stuff in our scrimmage games was pretty exciting. The skill level of the games was surprising too, with a high pace, good passing and nice plays. For the middle of July, I could not believe the competitiveness of the games.

"Now they have to take the things that we have been working on and take them home with them and train throughout the summer. They have to commit to the off-season workouts with [Kings Strength and Conditioning Coach] Tim Adams and they have to go home and apply what they learned here."

Summer's over, let's see what they learned.

Rookie camp starts up on Sunday with a 10 a.m. practice in the morning session and then an afternoon practice from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. The schedule is the same on Monday and Tuesday, before hosting two scrimmage games against the Phoenix Coyotes rookies on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Mike Donnelly, Mike O'Connell and I we have been very specific with our drills and we are trying to develop the range of the kid and make sure instead of just stick handling in small areas that he can get it outside and get it wide. Puck protection is such a huge thing in the game now-a-days," Emerson said. "You get the kids in small groups and you can really teach them, you get to know the kid that way and develop a relationship and you can work with him on the things they need to work on.

"It is very fun to watch how it all comes together."

Back in July, Nelly shared his thoughts on some of the prospects that were in Development camp:

  • "In Thomas Hickey, Colten Teubert and Alec Martinez, you could see the fact that they had been here before to these camps. They came in with composure and confidence and looked very comfortable in their surroundings. You can see that Hickey is a year older and that showed on the ice."
  • "I was not too familiar with Patrick Mullen [prior to Development Camp]. I did not get a chance to see him play last year, but I was very excited to watch him. He has a ton of natural ability, good genes and a great mind for the game."
  • "t's great to see Justin Azevedo doing the work. You can see he has had an active summer so far. He is taking a lot of responsibility upon himself to work on his game."
  • "Bud Holloway had a great season in Ontario last season for Karl Taylor playing for the Reign. He dominated that league and he brought that confidence into camp and you could see it, he was real good during the scrimmages."
  • "You could see Robert Czarnik was coming here for the second time. His eyes were wide open last year and it was all new to him. I am looking to see him take the confidence from this camp and develop into a great college player."
  • "Dwight King has great hands for a big guy, he is so good down low and can hold onto the puck and protect. He is so strong and skilled."
  • "Kyle Clifford is a serious player, he will take it to the net hard and go to tough areas. It looked like he was taking everything in at this camp. It was all a learning experience."
  • "Brayden Schenn is a competitor, a lot of the skill work and drills we were doing, they were all new to him, but he hung in there. The things he was not familiar with he kept working at it till he perfected it. That is why he was drafted so high, if he was having difficulty with it he kept working at it till he perfected it. The kid wants to succeed. He worked his tail off to make sure he gets it right. He has so many aspects to his game, poise, play-making, creating space, he hits, he has a well rounded game. He is going to be a fun kid to watch here for the next long time."
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