LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned center Patrick O'Sullivan to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.
O'Sullivan, 21, has two points (1-1=2) and six penalty minutes in 12 games with the Kings this season. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, made his Kings/NHL debut on October 6 at Anaheim and scored his first Kings/NHL goal versus Minnesota on October 18.
O'Sullivan played in 78 games for Houston (AHL) last season and had 93 points (47-46=93) and 64 penalty minutes. His 47 goals ranked third and his 93 points ranked fourth in the AHL while both totals ranked first among rookies in the league. In eight playoff games with Houston last season, he had an additional 10 points (5-5=10) and four penalty minutes and he led his club in scoring. O'Sullivan won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the AHL's Outstanding Rookie at the close of last season.
The Kings acquired O'Sullivan, originally selected by Minnesota in the second-round (56th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and a first-round choice (Trevor Lewis
) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for Pavol Demitra on June 24.
The Kings (4-8-3, 11 points) begin a two-game road trip with a game at Phoenix on Saturday at 6 p.m. The contest will air on FSN West, on KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.