July 9, 2013 19 Comments
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.
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.