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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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Maturity Is Now An Asset For LA Kings RW Prospect Brandon Kozun

LA Kings right prospect Brandon Kozun, shown here during the team’s 2013 Rookie Camp, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Just before the end of the 2012-13 regular season for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the primary minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, Frozen Royalty spoke exclusively with right wing prospect Brandon Kozun.

That interview was an eye opener due to Kozun displaying a maturity level that the media covering the Kings had never seen before, and that lack of maturity earlier in the 23-year-old’s career had proven to be a big obstacle in his path towards advancement.

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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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