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PLENTY OF DRAFT TALENT ON THE WAY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Seven Kings’ prospects and former Kings’ draft picks were recently given league-wide honors for their regular season play.

Forward Brian Boyle, playing with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL), was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. Boyle has recorded 58 points (28-30=58) and 85 penalty minutes in 67 games this season (as of April 2). His 28 goals lead all AHL rookies and his 58 points are second amongst league freshman. He was selected by the Kings in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Boyle was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for January. He also recorded five points (4-1=5) in eight games with the Kings this season.

Defenseman Thomas Hickey, playing with the Seattle Thunderbirds, was named a WHL First-Team All-Star. Hickey recorded 45 points (11-34=45) and 49 penalty minutes in 63 games this season. His 45 points ranked 10th amongst WHL defensemen. He was selected by the Kings in the first round, 4th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Hickey also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Defenseman T.J. Fast, playing with the Tri-City Americans, was named a WHL First-Team All-Star. Fast recorded 54 points (17-37=54) and 92 penalty minutes in 71 games this season. His 54 points were tied for fourth amongst WHL defensemen. He was selected by the Kings in the second round, 60th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Fast, who is Tri-City’s team captain, was also selected as a finalist for the WHL Defenseman of the Year award.

Forward Oscar Moller, playing with the Chilliwack Bruins, was named a WHL First-Team All-Star. He was the only European player recognized by the WHL in either All-Star selections or award nominations. Moller recorded 83 points (39-44=83) and 42 penalty minutes in 63 games this season. His 39 goals ranked seventh in the WHL, while his 83 points was tied for ninth. He was selected by the Kings in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Moller also won a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Goaltender Linden Rowat, playing with the Regina Pats, was named a WHL First-Team All-Star. Rowat posted a 33-15-6 record with a 2.68 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 50 appearances. His 33 wins ranked third in the WHL, while his 2.68 goals-against average was 14th. He was selected by the Kings in the fifth round, 124th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Rowat was also selected as a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year award.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, playing with Miami University (Ohio), earned CCHA All-Tournament Team honors. Zatkoff posted a 25-5-1 record with a 1.68 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 33 appearances. He was selected by the Kings in the third round, 74th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Defenseman Alec Martinez, Zatkoff’s teammate at Miami University (Ohio), also earned CCHA All-Tournament honors. Martinez recorded 27 points (8-19=27), 40 penalty minutes, and was a plus-28 in 38 games this season. He was selected by the Kings in the fourth round, 95th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Martinez was also recently honored by the CCHA as the league's best Defensive Defenseman, as the Miami RedHawks placed first in the conference in team defense and second in penalty-killing during the regular season.

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