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Kings' scouting and development system is key to recent run of success
Kings' scouting and development system is key to recent run of success

A couple of Michael Futa's buddies had talked up a kid they'd coached who was a natural scorer despite being a poor skater, so Futa, then the general manager of Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League, wanted to see the kid for himself. "He was playing for the junior Canadiens and just scored and scored, and there was always the knock that he scores but he's not very fast doing it," Futa said. "In the Ontario Hockey League I continued to watch him score and score and score, and still everybody questioned his conditioning and his speed." When Futa became the Kings' director of amateur scouting in 2007, he remembered Tyler Toffoli's...

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