Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort has been steady on defense for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Manchester Monarchs had a remarkable 2013-14 regular season but were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after having been defeated in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
Photo: Brayden McNabb has received significant ice time with the Kings in 2014-15 and looks to have found a home on the Los Angeles blue line. (courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images)
Without having too many high selections in recent drafts, the Los Angeles Kings have done quite well in growing their pipeline in areas of need. While the graduation of Martin Jones does hurt the goalie pipeline, they continue to stock up on useful centers and defenseman. While the wings might not be top-tier, there are some role players and quality players peppered throughout.
Photo: Worcester Sharks defenseman and San Jose Sharks prospect Dylan DeMelo led the AHL Sharks in offense in 2013-14 with 24 points in 68 games in his rookie pro season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
The Manchester Monarchs were the best team in the AHL‘s Eastern Conference during the 2013-14 regular season, but it was the St. John’s IceCaps who represented the conference in the Calder Cup finals last spring. Read more»
Tanner Pearson recorded 12 points in 24 playoff games for the Los Angeles Kings en route to a Stanley Cup Championship. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Kings had a number of prospects step up and have statement years in 2013-14, but the Fall 2014 Top 20 list features a number of prospects who are going to be pushed by new challenges. Not only is there a new No. 1 prospect on the list, but nine players of the 20 are going to be potentially looking at their first full year in their respective leagues. The Kings also acquired a few new faces via draft and trade that are a welcomed addition to the list as well as the pipeline. With new surroundings, a big step up for many, and at least a few heading towards graduation, the list could look very different come next summer.
Photo: The Hardest Worker award went to Kings winger Tanner Pearson, who skated in his first 25 career regular season NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Los Angeles Kings had several standout performances this year from the NCAA to the NHL. It was a pivotal transition year for many different players, and it appears that they were indeed ready to step up to the next level.