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19 March 2007

The Kings are Coming Around

The Kings have picked up 11 points in their last 7 games, topped off with a come from behind win yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks. The most impressive thing is that the team has done this in the midst of a post-deadline sell-off, and a sidelined Anze Kopitar.

Taking this opportunity to step up has been Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri now has 31 goals with the two he had last night against Anaheim. He also proclaimed to Kings beat writers this:

"I've said ever since we began rebuilding, or whatever people are calling it, this is not going to take as long as some people think," Cammalleri told Kings beat writers after the Kings defeated Edmonton on Monday night but were eliminated from the playoffs. "You can see the young talent we have here."

Patrick O'Sullivan, who was acquired on draft day from Minnesota, had a career-high 3 points, including the game-winning goal. As the season winds down, the Kings will be looking for O'Sullivan to continue to develop his game which may be followed up by joining the Manchester Monarchs for an AHL playoff run.

The Kings have also gotten contributions from role players such as John Zeiler and Noah Clarke, both of whom are call ups from Manchester, and Raitis Ivanans, who was re-signed yesterday for a one-year extension. Ivanans is the only one who may figure into next year's Kings team, but it is encouraging to see players who don't get much ice time getting chances and being contributors.

The Kings have some cap space this summer, and will use it. Plus, there is another intriguing name who may or may not join the Kings before the end of the season. Kings fans fondly know him as JMFJ.

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