LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
Purcell, 22, has played in 10 games with the Kings this season and has three points (1-2=3). He made his Kings/NHL debut at Edmonton on January 15 and scored his first career NHL goal February 15 vs. Calgary. With the Monarchs, Purcell leads the team in scoring (58 points) and assists (42), and both totals also rank first among AHL rookies.
His 58 points are tied for fifth overall in the AHL, while his 42 assists are tied for fourth. The 6-3, 177-pounder was named MVP of the AHL’s All-Star Classic on January 28, 2008, after collecting a hat trick during regulation play and then scoring the decisive goal in a shootout to give the Canadian AHL All-Stars the win. Purcell was also named AHL Rookie of the Month for November after recording 17 points (5-12=17) in 12 games. P
urcell, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007, is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland.