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This week we are highlighting 21-year old Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs. Currently the Monarchs scoring leader with eight goals and 19 points (8-11=19), Lewis had the best point production of any Kings prospect this week with six points (2-4=6) in four games. On Sunday Dec. 14 the 6’1”, 204-pound forward found the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season during Manchester’s second game in their sweep of a home-and-home against the division leader Providence Bruins. The previous night Lewis showed no mercy to the Bruins as he lit the lamp once and passed the puck twice to earn himself three points (1-2=3) for the night as the Monarchs broke a three-game losing streak in front of their home audience. Manchester is now 12-11-0-4 with 27 points, edging out the Lowell Devils for sixth place in the Atlantic Division.
“I was just in Manchester over the weekend and their team has had a lot of injuries,” said Kings Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration Nelson Emerson. “The one thing that Trevor has done is become a real leader of the group down there and stepped up offensively. The best thing about Trevor is that his game has become real complete. He is playing all 200 feet of the ice, killing penalties, taking face-offs.”
Part of a draft day trade in which Minnesota gave the Kings a first round selection and Patrick O'Sullivan in exchange for Pavol Demitra, Lewis was drafted by the Kings 17th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Playing for Des Moines in 2006, Lewis was named the USHL Player of The Year with 75 points (35-40=75) in 56 games. The following year Lewis, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, played for the OHL Owen Sound Attack, registering 73 points in 62 games. In April of 2007 he got the call up to Manchester where he earned himself a spot for the next season, registering six points (4-2=6) in eight games. In 2007-08 Lewis had 28 (12-16=28) points in 76 games with the Monarchs, a total he is on pace to break long before the end of the season.
“He continually needs to work on his shot and being able to get his shot away quicker. He needs to obviously work on finding those holes offensively. But his game is becoming real complete, and he has been a pleasure to watch and work with the last 12 months. If he stays on his path and keeps moving in a forward direction, its totally up to him.
"If he keeps going this way good things are going to happen to him for sure.”
A member of Team USA in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships, Lewis had two points (1-1=2) in seven games during last year’s tournament as the team barely missed a medal with a loss to Russia. This year, in addition to Colten Teubert and Thomas Hickey, the two Los Angeles Kings defensive prospects who made the roster for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships, Kings prospects Viatcheslav Voynov and Andrei Loktionov are on the roster for Russia, while Oscar Moller is will be released so that he can participate in the tournament for Sweden. Click here for more information on Kings prospects participating in the World Juniors.
Notable performances were given this week by Los Angeles Kings defensive prospect Andrew Campbell who had three points (1-2=3) in four games with the Manchester Monarchs, and goaltender Martin Jones of the WHL Calgary Hitmen, who recorded three straight wins this week, including a Dec. 10 shutout against the Everett Silvertips.
Click here for the statistics on all of the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 Prospects.