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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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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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Is Forgotten Right Wing Prospect Bud Holloway On His Way Back To The LA Kings?

PROSPECT WATCH: Also featured is Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi’s and Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris’ thoughts on the development of goaltender prospect Martin Jones.


LA Kings right wing prospect Bud Holloway
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Photo: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — If the name “Bud Holloway” doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, you’re not alone. After all, he became a forgotten member of the Los Angeles Kings organization after bolting to the Swedish Elite League after the 2010-11 season.

Holloway, whose real first name is “George,” was selected by the Kings in the third round (86th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-0, 201-pound native of Wapella, Saskatchewan spent his junior hockey days with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. His best season with the Thunderbirds was in 2007-08, his final season in the WHL, when he scored 43 goals and tallied 40 assists for 83 points in 70 regular season games.

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