Linden Vey recorded 6 goals, 14 points and a plus-9 rating to earn Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month honors. (Photo: Steve Babineau)
A natural from the start, he never looked back.
"If you had told me then that I'd be playing pro hockey, I'd be pretty excited," said Vey, who roughly three feet and 140 pounds later is in the midst of his rookie year with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs, the primary development affiliate for the Los Angeles Kings.
The right wing was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round (No. 96) in 2009. After four junior seasons in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat and winning the WHL scoring title with 116 points in 2010-11, Vey joined the Monarchs at the beginning of this season and hasn't wasted any time making his mark.