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This week we are highlighting the accomplishments of Gabe Gauthier, a Kings offensive prospect currently playing for the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs. The 25-year old center had five points (1-4=5) and a plus-three rating in two games over the weekend with the Monarchs. On Saturday, Feb. 21, Gauthier scored the first of seven Manchester goals in a 7-2 rout of the Lowell Devils, picking up two assists as well later in the game. On Sunday, Gauthier found both Brian Boyle’s and Oscar Moller’s sticks for an assist on each of Manchester’s two goals in a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack and former Los Angeles King Sean Avery. The Monarchs are now in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 57 points in 57 games and a 26-26-5 record.
“We think that going down the stretch, Gabe is going to be really important for Manchester,” said Kings Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration Nelson Emerson. “The fact that he is a veteran player and has been in that situation before, will mean that a lot of the young players are going to lean on him.”
Signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on July 12, 2006, Gauthier played in 69 games with the Monarchs in the 2006-07 season, posting 42 points (14-28=42) including five game-winning goals and a plus-16 rating. The same season, Gauthier was called up to the Kings for five games in which he was held without a point. In 2007-08 Gauthier improved to become a sixty-point player in the AHL with 23 goals and 37 assists in 61 games for Manchester, getting his first professional hat trick on Dec. 29, 2007 against the Worcester Sharks.
A Torrance, Calif. Native, Gauthier is the second native Californian to play for the Kings, and one of only less than 30 California-born players in NHL history. Gauthier played four years of college hockey with the University of Denver from 2001-05, and during his senior year was named to the NCAA Championship All-Star Tournament team.
“I think it’s just great to see him have a big week. Moving forward he is going to be a key for Manchester to something good and make a run for the playoffs.”
Notable performances were given this week by several other Los Angeles Kings prospects, including Brian Cameron and Andrei Loktionov who are each now averaging over a point per game with the Belleville Bulls and Windsor Spitfires, respectively. Kings goaltending prospect Linden Rowat was also impressive, earning two wins in each of his two starts with the Regina Pats.
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