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by Melody Huskey / Los Angeles Kings

Welcome to the Los Angeles Kings Prospect Update, a weekly feature highlighting a prospect in the Los Angeles Kings system.

The Kings currently own the league rights of 44 players outside of the NHL, including Professional players in Europe, Junior players and players in college.

Click here to see the 2008-09 LA Kings Prospect Roster.

This week’s highlighted prospect is reigning American Hockey League Rookie of the Year 23 year-old Teddy Purcell, currently playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Though Manchester has gotten off to a slow start with a 1-3-0 record to begin the 2008-09 season, Purcell has proved a valuable asset to the Monarchs. In a 6-4 victory over the Lowell Devils on Friday Oct.17 Purcell tallied two goals, scoring the first and last of the game. Following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Devils Purcell helped the Monarchs avoid a shutout on Sunday, scoring Manchester’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons.

“I was in Manchester for two games this weekend, so I had a chance to watch Teddy Purcell on Friday and Saturday.” said Nelson Emerson, Los Angeles Kings Coordinator of Player Development . “He is a very highly skilled player and his level of finesse play is very high end. He is a fast skater, and offensively he is great."

Purcell was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Apr. 27, 2007 after playing one season for the University of Maine. The 6-3, 202-pound right wing had 83 points for the Monarchs last season (25-58=83) in 67 games. Purcell also had three points (1-3=4) when he was called up for 10 games with the Kings in 2007-08.

“Basically the message that we gave Teddy when he went back to Manchester is that he needs to work on his overall game and make sure that his skills are a little more complete. He needs to work on things like winning puck battles, puck protection, and making his game more rounded.

"If he can do those things he will have a great career.”

Click here for the statistics on all of the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 Prospects.

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