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Is LA Kings Blue Line Prospect Thomas Hickey Sliding Down The Depth Chart?

Defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey may
be losing ground in his quest to crack the
Los Angeles Kings roster someday.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League still on the shelf due to their labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players Association, a lot of younger NHL players have migrated back to the minor leagues, most notably, the American Hockey League.

On the surface, the result is often a surge of talent for those teams. But in reality, it is a double-edged sword because players who would normally be with their respective NHL teams are eating up precious minutes that would go to young prospects who need more ice time for their development, not less.

The AHL’s Manchester Monarchs are one of those teams dealing with that double-edged sword, with a handful of young players on their roster who would normally be playing with their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings, if not for the NHL lockout.

“We’re trying to get everybody in, and there’s a few younger players, too,” Monarchs head coach Mark Morris told Frozen Royalty during an exclusive interview. “[Defensemen] Nicolas Deslauriers and Jake Muzzin are guys who just find their way into games, so it’s been a balancing act to Read more of this post

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LA Kings Blue Line Prospect Nicolas Deslauriers Wants To Dominate The AHL in 2012-13

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Frozen Royalty continues its summer coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and their young prospects with a look at defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers, who completed his rookie season in the American Hockey League in 2011-12, with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.


LA Kings defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers
Photo: Scott Slingsby/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — After three seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, and one season with the Gatineau Olympiques, both in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Nicolas Deslauriers was an offensively-gifted defensemen—the QMJHL is not known for being a great defensive league, to be sure. Nevertheless, his play in the defensive zone left something to be desired.

But the 21-year-old native of LaSalle, Quebec is a good skater, and has a heavy shot from the point. Add to that the fact that he is a 6-1, 214-pound blue liner, and it is easy to see why the Los Angeles Kings gambled on him in the third round (84th overall selection) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

“Nicolas Deslauriers is really coming on,” Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris told Frozen Royalty back in January 2012. “He’s made huge Read more of this post

LA Kings Quick Earns Second Team All-Star Honors; Seven Receive Qualifying Offers

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On June 20, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick added to his list of post-season honors when he was named to the National Hockey League’s Second All-Star Team.

Quick, who was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s best goaltender during the regular season, lost out to New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.

As expected, Lundqvist ran away with the voting, earning 17 votes, while Quick garnered just six. Read more of this post

Down On The Farm With LA Kings Blue Line Prospects Deslauriers, Hickey and Muzzin

Nicolas Deslauriers
Photo: Scott Slingsby/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — While the National Hockey League pauses its season to put on its annual All-Star festivities this weekend, what’s a hockey writer to do if the NHL All-Star weekend is not their cup of tea, especially since the game itself has become a complete bore, barely resembling the game we normally enjoy?

Sure, I could have watched the All-Star draft (yawn), and I will watch tonight’s skills competition, the only redeeming spectacle during All-Star weekend. But with some extra time on my hands, why not see how the kids down on the farm are doing?

Indeed, the time has come to take a look at some of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects, and, in this installment, the focus will be on the blue line corps. Read more of this post

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