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 46 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 25 year-old Matt Moulson
, currently playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. The 6-1, 206-pound Left Wing played seven games with the Kings at the beginning of the season, and was sent down to Manchester on Nov. 3 after scoring one goal with Los Angeles (1-0=1). Focused on returning to the Kings before long, Moulson tallied two goals in the first 10 minutes of his second game with Manchester on Nov. 9 against the reigning Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves. While Manchester is off to a slow start (2-5-0-3), Moulson’s contributions should give a boost to the team.
“The biggest thing with Matt is that he is a really well-rounded player. His ability to play defensive hockey and think the game through is at a very high end. That is definitely his positive, ” said Nelson Emerson, Los Angeles Kings Coordinator of Player Development. “One thing that he needs to work on is doing things quickly, at a fast pace. Because that is the biggest difference between the American League and the NHL- the quickness in the game.”
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 9th round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Moulson was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 1, 2006. Prior to signing with the Kings Moulson played four seasons at Cornell University and was named to the ECAC First-Team All-Star in 2005 after scoring 42 points (22-20=42) for the Big Red. During 2007-08, Moulson was called up to the Kings for 22 games, scoring five goals and adding four assists (5-4=9), including a tying goal during his first NHL game on Nov. 3, 2007.
“It is a really tough situation getting sent back for Matt, and the most important thing for him to concentrate on is staying focused. His goal is to go down there, work on his game and make sure that he is putting every effort into doing what he needs to do down there to get back to the Kings. Matt is a great player in the American League and he is going to go down there and be a tremendous leader for that team.
"Obviously his goal is to come back here and play for the Kings, but while he is there, he will be a tremendous asset to them and to the players in Manchester. They will be relying on him to make that team great.“
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