Center Prospect Jordan Weal Is Turning Heads At LA Kings 2013 Training Camp

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Jordan Weal
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll secure in their positions as the Los Angeles Kings’ top three centers, there is no room for a highly-skilled, young center prospect on the big club’s 2013-14 roster.

But even with that knowledge, Jordan Weal, who was selected by the Kings in the third round of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft (70th overall), has turned some heads during the Kings’ recent Rookie Camp, and now, during their 2013-14 Training Camp.

Both coaches and media alike have noticed Weal’s ability to carry the puck, his shot, and his speed. But there is an underlying reason why these aspects of his game are being noticed more this time around.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Sweep Rookie Tournament With Anaheim Ducks

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Patrik Bartosak stopped 25 shots, and Nick Shore scored the game-winning goal at 7:58 of the second period to lead the Los Angeles Kings rookies to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks rookies at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on September 9.

With the win, the Kings rookies swept the two-game rookie tournament, having won on September 8 in Anaheim 6-1.

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LA Kings Center Prospect Jordan Weal Talks About 2012-13 Season, Challenges Still Ahead

DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: As the Los Angeles Kings enter Day 2 of their 2013 Development Camp, forward prospect Jordan Weal took some time to speak exclusively with Frozen Royalty about the 2012-13 season, his first full season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, and his first season at the professional level.


LA Kings center prospect Jordan Weal,
shown here during a game with the
AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — Especially with a glut of players on American Hockey League rosters due to the lockout in the National Hockey League at the start of the 2012-13 season, it was not exactly inconceivable that a small forward like Los Angeles Kings center prospect Jordan Weal could have easily found himself back with his junior team, the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, for an over-age season.

Indeed, because of his small stature—Weal is 5-10 and weighs 178 pounds—it would have been easy for the Kings and Manchester Monarchs (Kings’ AHL affiliate) brain trusts to ease the roster glut by sending him back to his junior team. After all, he would be able to work on his game on a team where he would get more ice time, not to mention spending another year working on his strength and conditioning, better preparing him for the rigors of professional hockey.

But to his credit, the 21-year-old native of North Vancouver, British Columbia made the Monarchs roster to stay, and ended up playing in 56 regular season games, scoring 15 goals and adding 18 assists for 33 points, with a +8 plus/minus rating, and 38 penalty minutes.

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LA Kings Center Prospect Jordan Weal Continues To Work On Overcoming “Big” Obstacle

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Jordan Weal took some time to speak exclusively with Frozen Royalty during the Kings’ 2012 Development Camp early last month.


Center prospect Jordan Weal, shown here speaking
to the media during the Los Angeles Kings’
2011 Development Camp.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — From the time he started playing youth hockey, all the way up to his time in the Western Hockey League, center Jordan Weal has heard the same thing, over and over and over…

…that he was way too small to play junior hockey, let alone at the professional level.

“It’s something I’ve had to deal with all my life, being a smaller guy,” said Weal, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (70th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “People have always said that I’m too small to play, even going into the WHL draft, people thought I was too small to make it.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings 2012 Development Camp

2012 DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: The Los Angeles Kings 2012 Development Camp began on Friday, July 6. Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the their young prospects continues with audio interviews, both from Media Day on July 9, and some exclusive telephone interviews.


Defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers (right) and goaltender
prospect Chris Gibson (left), shown here during the Los Angeles Kings
2012 Development Camp at the Toyota Sports Center in
El Segundo, California, July 9, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings’ five-day 2012 Development Camp ends late this afternoon. The young prospects will then[/caption] disperse for the summer to get some rest, but also to spend a good amount of time in the gym to work on their strength and conditioning.

Unlike previous Development Camps, when the media had access to the players and coaches after on-ice sessions for interviews, this time around, access was restricted to one day, July 9, so this time around, the extensive Development Camp coverage from past seasons is Read more of this post

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