EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite the fact that Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said that center Brian Boyle had a job to lose going into the Kings’ 2008-08 training camp, Boyle has done just that, as he was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) on Sunday.
The 23-year-old center scored a goal with twelve penalty minutes in 14 games with the Kings this season. Although he was not expected to put up huge offensive numbers, Boyle was expected to be a strong checking forward who could punish opponents, or at least move them off the puck using his 6-7, 252-pound frame. But more often than not, he was not the strong, physical presence the Kings expected him to be on a consistent basis and will now head back to Manchester to work on becoming a more physical player with a bit of a mean streak.
Boyle returns to a team with which he scored 31 goals (led all AHL rookies) and added 31 assists for 62 points with 87 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games last season with the Monarchs.
Boyle also had an eight-game stint with the Kings last season, scoring four goals and adding an assist for five points.
Boyle was selected by the Kings in the first round (26th overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
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