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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes Split Shootouts In Split-Squad Pre-Season Games

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes opened their 2014-15 pre-season schedule by splitting shootout victories in split-squad games at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mike Richards scored two goals, Tanner Pearson scored a goal and added an assist, and Nic Dowd scored a goal for the Kings in Glendale, but that was not enough as the Coyotes got two goals from Martin Hanzal and goals from Henrik Samuelsson, and Sam Gagner, along with the shootout game-winner by Samuelsson, giving the Coyotes a 5-4 win.

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LA Kings Center Prospect Nick Shore Doesn’t Stand Out, But That’s A Good Thing

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment, the focus is on 2011 third round pick, center Nick Shore. An audio interview with Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake is also included.


Los Angeles Kings center prospect Nick Shore
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LOS ANGELES — He may not be the flashy sniper or the speedy forward with star power to spare who catches everyone’s eye. Nevertheless, he got himself noticed by the management of the Los Angeles Kings because he rarely made a mistake on the ice.

That player is 21-year-old center prospect Nick Shore, who scored 14 goals and tallied 24 assists for 38 points, with a +18 plus/minus rating and 36 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League last season, his first in the professional ranks.

“He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t stick out right away,” said Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake, who also serves as general manager of the Monarchs, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate. “You don’t see anything flashy from him, whether it’s his speed, his shot, or anything like that. But you watch him [throughout] the process of rookie camp last year, you start to realize that the reason you don’t notice him is because he doesn’t make any mistakes.”

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Skating, Quickness Are Obstacles In LA Kings Prospect Andy Andreoff’s Path To The NHL

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — Early on during the Los Angeles Kings’ 2013 Training Camp, there was more than just a murmur or two that rugged forward prospect Andy Andreoff had a legitimate chance to make the big club’s roster to start the 2013-14 National Hockey League season.

Despite that, the 22-year-old, 6-1, 217-pound native of Pickering, Ontario was assigned back to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League in the second round of training camp cuts on September 21, 2013.

“There were a couple of rumors saying that I had a pretty good chance, but I guess they wanted the same team as last year, and [stay] with older, more experienced guys,” said Andreoff. “If there’s injuries, I’m sure I’ll get the call up, eventually. But so far, Manchester’s been playing really well, so I’m just taking that day-by-day.”

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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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