|Linden Vey is the LAKings.com's prospect of the week.
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This week we are highlighting Linden Vey, currently a right-winger with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL.
The Kings’ fourth round selection (96th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft has gotten off to a solid start this season, tallying six goals and 21 points in 20 games.
"His game management is good," Los Angeles Kings Director of Player Development, Nelson Emerson said. "He has the ability to find the open holes on the ice, hold onto the puck, and make plays. He makes everyone better around him and creates opportunities for scoring chances."
Vey has already proven to step up in the clutch, scoring the game-winning goal for the Hat Tigers in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Chilliwack Bruins on Oct. 16.
This season is Vey’s fourth with the Hat Tigers, with last season being his most productive. In 72 games last year, Vey scored 24 goals and notched 48 assists for 72 points.
Throughout the training camp this summer, Emerson saw much of the same things he has seen so far this season when he has visited to watch Vey's games: a player with great offensive instincts who can become a great player if he becomes a more complete hockey player.
"He has the ability to have a great season," Emerson said.
In addition, Los Angeles prospect Robbie Czarnik (No. 63 overall pick in 2008 NHL Entry Draft) has had flashes of brilliance in the offensive zone this season, registering four points in the first four games from October 10-24. By comparison, it took Czarnik 15 games to reach four points last year. In addition, he matched a career-best three-game point streak (2-2-4) during the same stretch.
Czarnik’s first marker of the year came during Michigan’s home opener against Niagara and ended up standing as the game-winner. Most recently, head coach Red Berenson put the right winger on the second line along with David Wohlberg (NJ) and Matt Rust (FLA).
The No. 4-ranked Michigan ice hockey team began its 2009-10 season with a 4-2-0 record. The Wolverines have an exciting, yet challenging schedule ahead of them in November as they host top-ranked Miami, face in-state rival and No. 17-ranked Michigan State, play Bowling Green in a home-and-home series, and host a Thanksgiving tournament featuring No. 18-ranked Wisconsin and Minnesota.