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Pearson, Toffoli, And Vey Are Still Dealing With The Sting Of Not Making LA Kings Roster

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Kings top forward prospects Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, and Linden Vey made it all the way to the final cuts from the Kings’ 2013 Training Camp before being assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Like all young prospects who are that close to making it to the National Hockey League, they are now dealing with the disappointment of not making the big club’s roster. How is that affecting their play? Exclusive interviews with each player, along with Monarchs head coach Mark Morris, should tell you all you need to know!


Los Angeles Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli, shown here
during the team’s 2013 Training Camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2013 Training Camp, a widely held belief was that right wing Tyler Toffoli would be a shoo-in to make the Kings’ opening night roster.

As training camp wore on, there was also some thought that left wing Tanner Pearson and center Linden Vey might also have a chance to make the Kings’ roster, given their strong showings in camp, and in pre-season games.

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Tanner Pearson Is An Early Standout At LA Kings 2013 Training Camp

Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last April, as the Los Angeles Kings were preparing for another deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi took a few moments to look into the future, specifically, at one of his up-and-coming charges, 21-year-old left wing Tanner Pearson, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (30th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft.

“The kid we got has really done well, so we actually lucked out there,” said Lombardi. “To get Pearson with the 30th pick, he’s got a good chance.”

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Tyler Toffoli Is Expected To Get A Long, Hard Look At Left Wing For LA Kings

LA Kings forward prospect Tyler Toffoli, 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 — A mild surprise during the 2012-13 season for the Los Angeles Kings was that rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli, who had not even spent a full season at the American Hockey League level, got more than the typical handful of games at the National Hockey League level, and on top of that, he did not look out of place, not one bit.

But a few months later, Toffoli knows that he is not necessarily guaranteed a spot on the Kings’ 2013-14 roster, so he dedicated himself to a rigorous off-season training regimen, something he talked about back in July.

“I don’t want to just be in good shape,” said the 21-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario. “I want to be in the best shape I can, so I have to keep working hard.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: 2013 LA Kings Development Camp – Interviews With Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli

DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty brings you video interviews with Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli from Media Day at the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp.


LA Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Here’s more from the July 10 media day at the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp for their young prospects, which began on July 8, and runs through July 10.

Frozen Royalty interviewed a mix of prospects, from this summer’s draft picks, to those who have participated in the Development Camp several times before.

In this post, you can watch interviews with forwards Andy Andreoff and Tyler Toffoli.

These videos are available only from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube.

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