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This week we are highlighting a noteworthy three games had by three current Manchester Monarchs who have each played in a Los Angeles Kings uniform this season: Matt Moulson, Trevor Lewis and Teddy Purcell. All three prospects had the same stat line this week, registering two goals and two assists in three games with Manchester, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate. On Feb. 4, Moulson got the week started with a first-period goal, assisted on by Purcell, to help the Monarchs to a 6-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Lewis found his teammates' sticks twice that game for two helpers, while Moulson rounded out the night with an assist of his own. Two nights later on Feb. 6, the trio scored all three of Manchester's goals in a 3-2 win over Worcester, with Purcell and Moulson assisting on Moulson’s and Lewis’ goals, respectively. To finish off this stellar week, Purcell and Lewis each scored again Feb. 8 in a 2-3 Monarchs loss to Manitoba, while Lewis was honored that night as the No. 2 Star of the Game.
“It is mentally pretty tough for them to come up here and then go back to Manchester, because they have to stay focused on their task,” said Kings Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration Nelson Emerson. “They come up here and get a taste of being in the NHL and they feel like they have finally ‘made it.’ But because of different situations they have to go back to the minors. So they have to be mentally prepared that if they do get sent back to Manchester they have to go back with the right attitude. These guys have done pretty well. Obviously every player wants to be in the NHL, but when you go back to the AHL you still have a team there that you have to try and help win and accomplish things with. It is important that they go back there with the right mindset.”
Moulson, the 25-year old left wing whose accomplishments were covered here in November, played seven games with the Kings at the beginning of the season after securing a roster spot in training camp and playing on the Kings top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Moulson, however, was sent down to Manchester on Nov. 3 after scoring one goal with Los Angeles (1-0=1). Since joining the Monarchs this season, Moulson has 21 points (9-12=21) in 24 games.
Lewis, the 21-year old center highlighted here in December just before he was called up to the Kings, played in six games from Dec. 19 through Dec. 28, lighting the lamp once and registering two helpers for three points. Re-assigned to Manchester Dec. 30, Lewis has 33 points (13-20=33) in Manchester this season through 45 games, making him the team point leader.
Profiled here in October, the 23-year old right wing Purcell was called up to the Kings in December for 17 games, scoring one goal and tallying six assists for seven points before returning to the Monarchs Jan. 18. In Manchester this year, Purcell has 26 points (11-15=26) in 31 games and is currently second only to Lewis in points.
When a talented center, right wing and left wing each have the same great numbers in one week, one has to ask how they would fit together on the same line.
“I think they have played together down there before, but not a lot. Teddy’s biggest assets is his offensive instinct, while Matt is a gifted goal scorer who thinks a game really well and can get to spots at correct time. He is a skilled defensive player who is good on the wall and can get pucks in and out. Trevor’s all around game is getting better every month and that is what we saw when he came up here. He was able to fit into this league and do those little things that were needed.
“For sure they could play together as a line, in fact I think they would be pretty good.”
Notable performances were given by Los Angeles Kings prospects Thomas Hickey, who continued to shine with five points (4-1=5) in three games with the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Alec Martinez, who aided Lewis, Purcell and Moulson along with the rest of the Manchester Monarchs with his two goals and two assists (2-2=4) in three games.
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