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KINGS ASSIGN THREE PLAYERS TO MANCHESTER

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forwards Patrick O’Sullivan, Lauri Tukonen and John Zeiler to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday.


O’Sullivan, 22, had 19 points (4-15=19), two power play goals and 14 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Kings this season. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, recorded a seven-game assist and point streak (2-8=10 during the streak) from March 11-23, which was the longest scoring streak for any King this season. O’Sullivan, who collected his first Kings/NHL goal versus Minnesota on October 18, was most recently recalled by the Kings on January 25.

He also played in 38 games with the Monarchs this season and has 34 points (17-17=34), a plus-9 rating and 10 penalty minutes. At the time of his most recent recall, he was leading the Monarchs with those 17 goals. The Kings acquired O’Sullivan and a first-round choice (Trevor Lewis) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from Minnesota for Pavol Demitra on June 24, 2006.

Tukonen, 20, played in four games with the Kings this season and had zero points and zero penalty minutes. The 6-2, 200-pound native of Hyvinkaa, Finland, who was most recently recalled by the Kings on April 2, was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He also has 30 points (13-17=30), five power play goals and 26 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Monarchs this season.

Zeiler, 24, has played in 23 games with the Kings this season and has three points (1-2=3) and 22 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 196-pound native of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, made his NHL debut on February 17 at Anaheim and scored his first Kings/NHL goal on his first shot versus Vancouver on February 22. Originally selected by Phoenix in the fifth-round (132nd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Zeiler signed a one-year contract with the Kings on February 17. He has played in 52 games with the Monarchs this season and ranked fifth on the team at the time of his recall with 27 points (11-16=27), second with seven power play goals, led the club with a plus-16 rating and had 68 penalty minutes.
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