All The Kings Men w/ L.A. Kings, Director of Player Development Glen Murray

Good morning, Insiders!

Sharing this interview was dropped yesterday with L.A. Kings Director, Development Player Glen Murray. Murray joined the All The Kings Men podcast, with myself as host alongside Jesse Cohen, to talk about all things player development.

The interview I feel is very helpful in many different ways regarding the player development process. Interested in learning the ins and outs of player development? How has Murray’s playing career trajectory helped him and his crew be patient with Adrien Quimby’s development? Interested in getting Murray’s position with Arthur Kaliev and his evolution into the top six future forwards he could become? Remember Glenn Murray who scored his first and last goals in the National Hockey League? It’s all here, and more!

Murray on what player development really means
It’s a combination of a lot of things, I think. You have a staff, our employees talk every day and we are fair. We all have the same goal, which is to make all these draft picks we play in the NHL. Easier said than done, obviously not everyone will play, so that’s our main goal, getting to know these kids, getting to know their families, getting to know their emotional side, not having the ice with them side by side, how they learn how to accommodate things, what kind Who players want to be, what are their hobbies. It’s a whole mix of things, I think it’s not just one person, it’s impossible to do it with one person because you know, in the last four to five years we’ve had a lot of very talented young players. And like I said, not all of them will succeed, but we have a huge task on our hands to make these guys the next Anzi Kopetar, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick. Obviously it doesn’t happen overnight, patience is a hugely huge word in development. You have to be patient, you go see them play and you go talk to them, and these kids these days, 18 to 19 years old, they want to be the center of the top line, the best defense in the team and they play 25 minutes and they play 20 minutes as a striker and a penalty shootout and the killer, that’s It doesn’t happen this way. You have to be patient, they have to work on their game and that’s what my player development crew and I do.

On using his career path to exercise patience as Adrian Kempe evolves into an All Star
surely. I think when Adrian came, he went straight to MLS and wanted to learn, he was a quiet kid. He had all the skills and I think – back then he wouldn’t have said it – but now I think if he looked at it again, he probably would [best thing for him] He plays in the American League. The next year he played in the MLS and it wasn’t like that yet, then he came to the NHL and didn’t score 30 goals right away. It’s a great example. Patience is very difficult in the game we play and it’s all about wins and losses. If this player is not performing or helping the team to win, it is very difficult to be patient, no doubt about it and you have to do your best to be patient, Kempe is a great example. He has turned into an all-star. So lucky for our entire organization, from Rob down to the development team down to everyone involved, we’ve been so patient with him and so lucky to have him.

On the developmental benefits of having NHL and AHL clubs under one roof
I think we are very lucky. I think there are quite a few teams, and we now have the Pacific American League on the west coast, but we’re very lucky. It’s not that I didn’t like going to Manchester, I loved going to Manchester and the whole development team loved doing that, but now we can be on the ice every morning with them before practice or they can come and we can video with them, that’s very useful for us. I can’t think of the exact number of teams, but I don’t even know if there are two numbers in the same facility as their NHL club. It’s not just for development staff. It’s Todd McClellan and his coaching staff to watch the practice or see the players or interact with the player and interact with the coaching staff, MLS because we’re under one roof and we’re practicing after them. The [Reign] exercise after [Kings]they can talk to the coaches, how was last night’s game, they can even if they want to go to the game in Ontario, although it’s only 40 miles and it takes three and a half hours to get there because of traffic but that’s really very beneficial for the organization and it has helped us tremendously big.

More in the full interview, embedded above! Murray was extensive in his answers, providing us with some depth and detail in the process. Also a positive update for Alex Turcotte in the episode, with Murray sharing that Turcotte is getting healthy and having a strong class, with plenty of enthusiasm heading to rookie camp. Turcotte is back on the ice and back in action, with plenty of excitement heading to rookie camp in the fall.

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