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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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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 Forward Linden Vey: “You’ve Got To Prove Yourself Every Day”

Los Angeles Kings forward Linden Vey
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — In a 3-2 overtime win at Vancouver on November 25, forward Linden Vey set up the first goal of the game during a two-on-one break, when he drew Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison to him, and then passed across to left wing Kyle Clifford, who deked and beat Canucks star goaltender Roberto Luongo on his backhand at 13:50 of the first period.

Selected by the Kings in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the 22-year-old, 6-0, 200-pound native of Wakaw, Saskatchewan has been centering either the fourth line with the Kings, and through ten games, he has contributed five assists, while averaging 13:07 of ice time.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Clifford, Toffoli, Vey After November 22 Morning Skate

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings game day morning skate on November 23 was an optional one, but most players skated anyway, in preparation for their game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 PM PST at Staples Center; televised on Fox Sports West).

Frozen Royalty recorded video interviews after the skate with forwards Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

You watch them below…

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Darryl Sutter On Matt Frattin, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talked about the injury status of forwards Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford, along with his thoughts on the recent play of winger Matt Frattin during his post-practice chat with the local media on November 22.

Sutter also talked about the play of young forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

Video of the media scrum interview can be viewed below.

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