If there was one word that would describe Drew Bagnall it would be throwback.
A hard-nosed defenseman who isn't afraid of engaging in the more physical aspects of the game, Bagnall has earned the reputation as a warrior and a player who sticks up for his teammates.
So it wasn't too surprising when it was announced this week that Bagnall was named captain of the Manchester Monarchs, and for this reason Bagnall is this week's Prospect of the Week.
In his third season with the Monarchs, Bagnall has put up solid numbers, totaling one goal, three assists, and a plus-3 +/- rating in 16 games.
"Drew has emerged as our leader through his exceptional work habits and charismatic influence among his teammates," Monarchs coach Mark Morris said in a statement. "He leads by example. You can count on him to always put the team first. He's a battler, willing to drop his gloves, block a shot or play with grit and tenacity against the opponents top lines as a shutdown defender."
Selected in the sixth round (195th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, Bagnall signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent in August, 2007.
Throughout training camp this season, Kings Director of Player Development, Nelson Emerson, saw a hard-working player who always left everything he had on the ice.
"He does a lot of great things," Emerson said. "He is going to give whatever he has and the sink. That's the greatest thing about him and a great way to go about your hockey career."
One thing Bagnall does not shy away from is sticking up for his teammates and making sure the opposing team doesn't feel as if it can intimidate the Monarchs, shown in his 39 penalty minutes so far this season.
Both players and coaches emphasize Bagnall's ability to lead not only by example, but through his interactions with his teammates.
"He really shows (his leadership) on the ice," Monarchs center Oscar Moller said in a release. "He speaks up in the dressing room and he really inspires you to play better. He will get on you if you don't play good which is a really good thing. I am real happy for him that he's the Captain right now and I'm proud of him."
In a press release, Bagnall expressed how thankful he is at being named the captain of the first-place Monarchs, and described the type of player he sees himself as.
"I think I'm a mixture of both (lead by example and as a vocal guy)," Bagnall said. "I try to produce on the ice and try to do my job, make sure that I'm accountable and at the same time, hold my teammates accountable. Sometimes something has to be said and sometimes it's not always what people want to hear but it's a responsibility you take on as being Captain."