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Phoenixcoyotes.com and LAKings.com teamed up to take a look at some of the top prospects that will be participating in the 2009 LA Kings Rookie Tournament, here are the next six:
Defenseman -LAK
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 214
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 26, 1987  (AGE 22)
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, United States
Drafted: LAK / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th  (95th overall)

After finishing his third year of eligibility at Miami of Ohio, scoring a collegiate career-high 32 points (9-23=32) and being named the CCHA Best Defenseman, Alec Martinez signed with the Kings and was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs for his first year of professional hockey in 2008-09.

The results were very promising, as Martinez tied for the Monarchs lead amongst defenseman with 8-15=23 in 72 games.

Martinez, collegiate teammate with Jeff Zatkoff, a Kings goaltending prospect, is a very strong skater and could just be the first of the Kings rookies to appear in an NHL game.

"His skating is NHL ready," Emerson said, "That is his biggest asset on the ice. He is fluent up and down the ice. His skating is fluid and effortless. He has to play a complete game he has got to use his skating to make good reads and make the proper play and not turn pucks over in his own end. That’s what we will be looking for him in this camp."

Martinez seemed to get better and better as the season progressed with his best hockey taking place toward the end of the year when he scored seven points (1-6=7) in seven-game span from Feb. 8 to Feb. 21, 2009.

If he continues to improve at that rate, Kings fans will be seeing Martinez sooner rather than later.


Center -PHX
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 196
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 24, 1988  (AGE 20)
Birthplace:London, ON, Canada
Drafted: PHX / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd  (32nd overall)
Brett MacLean is a rising star in Phoenix’s system. The native of London, Ontario is another player who plans on making a strong push to join the club’s roster this fall.

MacLean combined for 219 points in his last two seasons of junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals. He also earned a number of honors at the junior level, which include the OHL Second All-Star Team in 2007, the OHL First All-Star Team in 2008, and the Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team in 2008.

In total, MacLean scored 131 goals and 157 assists for 288 points and 151 penalty minutes in 245 games in the juniors.

Many attributed MacLean’s OHL success to playing alongside phenom John Tavares. But after MacLean made the jump last season to Phoenix’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, he continued to produce, recording 40 points in 74 games.

"He was a big-time scorer in junior and he really made big strides in his battle level," said Burke. "He has a real nose for the net and good hands. He took it up a notch and focused on his defensive game."

The Coyotes have added offensive depth this season, but if MacLean has a good training camp he could find himself on the roster when camp breaks or he could be one of the first players called when the need arises.


Center -LAK
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 22, 1991  (AGE 18)
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Drafted: LAK / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st  (5th overall)

In his second season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, Brayden Schenn scored 32-56=88 points in 70 games. After leading the Wheat Kings to the Memorial Cup finals, the Sakatoon, SK, Canada native racked up another 8 goals and 10 assists in 12 postseason games.

The Kings then took Brayden Schenn with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NHL Entry draft and was impressed with what they saw at Development Camp.

"Got talent," Head coach Terry Murray said back in July. "Knows how to work. Knows how to play hard and gritty. He shows that every day. That willingness to battle and dig in in those battle situations along the boards.

"He has the right idea of how to play the game in the way that we want to see players play."

Emerson agrees.

"Schenner looks real good right now. The spotlight is going to be on him. I hope he leans toward some of the other guys who have been here before and through this process like Hickey, Teubert and even Doughty, if he could pick their brains. He is a complete, complete player, this is his first test in this kind of environment. He is very mature and well rounded and should handle it without any problem."


Center -PHX
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar. 12, 1986
Birthplace: Detroit, MI, United States
Drafted: PHX / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
4th  (119th overall)
Kevin Porter has an impressive resume. The Detroit native first broke onto the national scene by representing Team USA twice at the World Junior Championship.

He then spent four years playing at the University of Michigan, where he notched 85 goals and 98 assists for 183 points in 162 games. Those totals put him second all-time behind Brendan Morrison in scoring in the Michigan record books. In his senior season, Porter earned the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. He also made the CCHA First All-Star Team, the NCAA West First All-American Team and was named CCHA Player of the Year.

After losing in the Frozen Four semifinal game in his senior year, Porter joined Phoenix’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio and notched four assists in seven games.

Porter got his first taste of the NHL last season. He played in 30 games for the Coyotes, recording five goals and five assists for 10 points and four penalty minutes.

Porter also played in 42 games for San Antonio last season, scoring 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points and 14 penalty minutes in 42 games.

"He struggled with his confidence at parts of the year," said Burke. "But he always gives you a good effort. He is a leader type of guy and he plays hard every night. He has to continue to work on his offensive skills. He understands the game defensively. He is very close to being a regular in the NHL."


Defenseman -LAK
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 187
Shoots: Right
Born: Mar 8, 1990  (AGE 19)
Birthplace: White Rock, BC, Canada
Drafted: LAK / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st  (13th overall)

Defenseman Colten Teubert was drafted 11 picks after Drew Doughty at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. While Doughty NHL All-Rookie Honors with the Kings, Teubert was sent back to Regina to fine tune his game.

That he did. Teubert recorded 37 points (12-25=37) and added 136 PIMS in 60 games with Regina. His 136 PIMs were second on the team and 19th in the WHL, while his 37 points ranked 17th amongst WHL Eastern Conference teams.

In addition, Teubert partnered with Hickey on the blue line for Team Canada at the World Juniors, earning a gold medal as he Kings were the only NHL team to have two defensemen on Team Canada’s roster and one of four NHL teams to have two players on the Canadian roster…The Kings had a total of four players/prospects participate at the 2009 WJC (Oscar Moller – Team Sweden and Viatcheslav Voynov – Team Russia).

"We have noticed that Teubert has become a more confident player with the puck," Emerson said. "It has been a  little over a year now since he has been with our program. He has a world junior gold medal under his belt now, and he’ll bring that experience to that rookie environment and that should help. We expect him to be hard nosed and tough, make the simple plays and good outlet plays, but we drafted him to be a hard-nosed type of player and that is what we are going to be looking for. "

Teubert made his professional debut after Regina's season ended, recording one point (0-1=1) and 10 PIMS in eight regular season games with the Ontario Reign. He added 0-1=1 and 19 PIMs in six postseason games.


Center -PHX
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug. 21 (Age 19)
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Drafted: PHX / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd  (49th overall)
Jared Staal might be most recognizable by his last name. While brother Eric is an alternate captain with the Carolina Hurricanes, brother Marc is a defenseman for the New York Rangers, and brother Jordan is a Pittsburgh Penguins forward; Jared is trying to carve out his own path to the NHL as a Coyotes prospect.

The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario has spent the past three seasons in the juniors with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2007-08 season, he finished second on the team with 49 points and tied for the team lead with nine power-play goals.

In total, he’s played in 190 regular-season games for Sudbury and has compiled 42 goals and 62 assists for 104 points and 100 penalty minutes. He also has a goal, an assist and four penalty minutes in 27 playoff games.

On April 3, 2009, Staal was signed by Phoenix’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio to an amateur tryout contract. He played five games.

"Jared is a real work in progress," said Burke. "He has all the potential with his size and his bloodlines. He’s just very raw, but we are going to be very patient with him and give him the time he needs to develop into a player who could play in the NHL."

Fans can catch all of these up and coming prospects on Wednesday as the Kings host the Coyotes at 6 p.m. The tournament wraps up on Thursday, with a 2 p.m. game that will be streamed both on Phoenixcoyotes.com and LAKings.com.

 
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