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LA Kings Center Prospect Nick Shore Is “Still Looking To Get Things Going” This Season

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Nick Shore, shown here with the Manchester Monarchs of
the American Hockey League.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — With forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, and Linden Vey all up with the big club after having been recalled by the Los Angeles Kings in recent days, filling roster spots left vacant by the likes of veteran forwards Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, and Jarret Stoll, who are all out of the lineup due to injury, there has been a powerful ripple effect throughout the lineup of the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Indeed, younger, less experienced players have been thrust into roles they probably didn’t imagine themselves being in this season, let alone before the holidays, and that includes center prospect Nick Shore, who was selected by the Kings in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The 21-year-old, 6-0, 195-pound native of Denver, Colorado began the season on the Monarchs’ third line. But now, he is their top center, at least for the time being.

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Could Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Find Himself With The LA Kings In 2013-14?

LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Due to the salary cap dropping by $6 million for the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Kings have already undergone some expected roster changes.

Indeed, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, returning to the team he won his first Stanley Cup with. Forwards Brad Richardson and Dustin Penner also signed unrestricted free agent contracts with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

With their August 2 signing of left wing Kyle Clifford, the Kings managed to avoid arbitration and re-sign all of their restricted free agents, including defenseman Slava Voynov. But they are approximately $822,000 over the salary cap, and they have 25 players on their National Hockey League roster, two over the 23-man limit.

NHL teams can exceed both limits until the 2013-14 season begins in October. But simple mathematics indicates that at least one trade involving a defenseman (Frozen Royalty has predicted since the end of the 2013-14 season that Alec Martinez will be on the trading block), and maybe replacing a more expensive player on the third or fourth line with a less expensive one, are forthcoming.

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Frozen Royalty Video: 2013 LA Kings Development Camp – Interviews With Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli

DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty brings you video interviews with Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli from Media Day at the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp.


LA Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Here’s more from the July 10 media day at the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp for their young prospects, which began on July 8, and runs through July 10.

Frozen Royalty interviewed a mix of prospects, from this summer’s draft picks, to those who have participated in the Development Camp several times before.

In this post, you can watch interviews with forwards Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli.

These videos are available only from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Andy Andreoff Didn’t Let New Year’s Eve Incident Derail His Season, Or His Development

DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp with a story on 2011 third round draft pick Andy Andreoff, a left wing prospect who recently took the time to speak exclusively with Frozen Royalty.


LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — When left wing Andy Andreoff was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, they saw a player who possessed some surprising offensive skills for a rugged, gritty physical forward with a mean streak.

Indeed, the 6-1, 201 pound native of Pickering, Ontario is built a bit like the proverbial fireplug, but it was that combination of attributes that caught the eyes of Kings scouts when he was with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

Frozen Royalty recently caught up with Andreoff for an exclusive interview to talk about his development and his first full season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) this past season.

Andreoff, 22, ended the 2012-13 regular season scoring 13 goals and adding 13 assists for 26 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating, and a team-leading 111 penalty minutes in 69 games. In the playoffs, he recorded three assists with a +2 rating in four games.

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