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Rookie Watch

More mature Bernier ready to stick with Kings

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 5:49 PM / Rookie Watch

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Led by a pair of Jonathans, the Los Angeles Kings appear to have as much young goaltending talent as any team in the NHL.

Jonathan Quick, 24, posted career highs for games played (72) and wins (39) in his second full season and helped the Kings earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.

Jonathan Bernier, 22, is waiting in the wings and considered the odds-on favorite to win the backup competition with Erik Ersberg in Los Angeles following an exceptional season with the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League.

"He was arguably the best player in the American Hockey League," Kings coach Terry Murray told NHL.com following Wednesday morning's pregame skate at the Pepsi Center.
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