Sutter Downplays LA Kings Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Scoring First NHL Goal

VIDEO: Watch video of Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter’s media interview after practice on March 17, when he talked about goaltender Jonathan Quick’s workload, and whether or not Quick is an elite goaltender.


LA Kings forward Andy Andreoff shows off the puck used when he scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2015, during a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When a player scores his first National Hockey League goal, excitement extends from the ice to the players bench, into the stands, and even up to the press box, where the media are all abuzz, knowing how special a milestone this is for any player, and that it usually makes for a good story.

This was exactly the case on March 16, when forward Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On the play, winger Jordan Nolan fought off a check in the left corner. Gaining separation from his man, he spun, and passed across the low slot to Andreoff, who was parked below the right circle for a tap-in goal.

“I saw Nolan win a battle in the corner there, and he’s a good playmaker, so I knew he’d either put it in, or give it to me, and he gave it to me for a back door tap-in,” said Andreoff. “Nolan made a great play to me for a tap-in. I was happy that our line played well tonight.”

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Sutter Issues Challenge To LA Kings Center Prospect Nick Shore

AUDIO: Includes an interview with Los Angeles Kings center prospect Nick Shore.


LA Kings center prospect Nick Shore, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 2, 2015, a day when 24 trades involving 43 players were made in the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Kings decided to stand pat, having already acquired veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera on February 25, in exchange for a conditional first round draft pick and defenseman prospect Roland McKeown.

With no trade deadline deals to analyze, let’s take a look at center Nick Shore, who is working to lock down a permanent roster spot with the Kings during what has become a huge struggle to make the playoffs.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Maxim Kitsyn: “It’s Just Me. I Have To Be Better…It’s Not Anybody Else”

LA Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn, shown here
playing for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
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ONTARIO, CA — When we last checked in with Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn in December 2014, his head coach said that “he wills his way, every shift.”

A couple of months later, that hasn’t changed.

“You know [that] when he puts on the uniform, he’s going to give you 110 percent,” said Jason Christie, head coach of the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ current ECHL affiliate. “You see him out there—he works, he competes. That’s why he got a call up—because he battles. He’s determined. I think that’s the biggest thing—how determined he is, as a player.”

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For One Day, Mother Nature Had Her Own Plans For LA Kings D Prospect Derek Forbort

Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort, shown here
during the Kings’ 2013 Rookie Tournament.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Given the odyssey that defenseman prospect Derek Forbort had to endure just to get to Southern California after being recalled by the Los Angeles Kings, he’s lucky to have made it here at all.

Forbort, who has played this season with the Kings’ current American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, was scheduled to leave Boston on February 9, but Mother Nature refused to cooperate.

“I was in Boston, sitting on the plane for about an hour and a half,” said Forbort. “We were on the runway, waiting for the snow to let up, and it never did, so I had to go back to Manchester for the day.”

“We get a blizzard every Monday,” added Forbort. “We literally have about, I think, like six or seven feet of snow. We get it by the foot every Monday, it seems like.”

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LA Kings Among Five NHL Teams Bringing AHL Affiliates To California

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The phrase, “Go West, young man!” has been around for many decades, and although it will take them 80 years, the American Hockey League is doing just that.

Indeed, it’s been in the works for years, and there has been an ever-increasing amount of talk about it over the past few years, but it all became reality on January 29, when the AHL announced that the affiliates of five National Hockey League teams will move to California to form a new Pacific Division of the AHL. The teams in this new division will begin play next season, marking the first time the AHL will have teams in California in what will be their 80-year history.

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