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Keeping Up with the Kids - Monarchs and Modo March 9 - 23

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Some news on the Swede! Oh, and the other kids in Manchester, too.

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Sorry for the two week delay in posts. I've been dealing with some personal drama in my life but now I have made time to update you lovely folks on the top prospects in the Kings' system.


Modo SE

After finishing up the regular season dead last in the SHL, Modo appeared to be getting relegated to the HockeyAllsvenskan, which, according to Wikipedia, is a step down from the SHL. So I guess it'd be kind of like AHL?

Anyway, they swept the series with some team called Vita Hästen, which translates to White Horse. They played them four times and won 3-0, 2-0, 4-1 and 4-1. The last victory (which occurred on Wednesday, March 25) officially secured them a contract for one more year in the SHL.

This is actually good news for Adrian Kempe, whose (immediate) future looked quite murky for about a week. I'm going to hazard a guess that with Modo remaining in Sweden's top league, Kempe will finish out his contract with the team and then come over in 2016 after his team is done for the season.

VideoAdrian Kempe efter kvalmatch tre. MODO Channel träffade Kempe som stod för ett mål och ett assist.
If you know Swedish, you can practice your skills by listening to this interview.


Manchester Monarchs


Player Statistics

# Player Pos GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
22 Brian O'Neill RW 60 22 48 70 27 53 9 2 150 14.7
19 Jordan Weal C 64 17 44 61 9 50 7 0 158 10.8
6 Colin Miller D 59 16 28 44 9 72 9 0 141 11.3
37 Nick Shore (X) C 38 20 22 42 23 16 7 3 101 19.8
16 Sean Backman** RW 64 16 20 36 10 22 3 0 205 7.8
26 Nic Dowd C 63 5 27 32 10 37 1 0 91 5.5
27 Michael Mersch LW 64 12 18 30 8 25 5 0 172 7
10 Zach O'Brien* RW 51 12 16 28 10 4 0 1 102 11.8
39 Justin Auger RW 60 11 15 26 12 43 0 0 97 11.3
14 David Van der Gulik** LW 49 11 12 23 12 35 1 2 88 12.5
7 Andrew Bodnarchuk D 50 5 16 21 9 68 2 0 102 4.9
5 Vincent LoVerde D 60 9 10 19 12 58 4 0 79 11.4
4 Kevin Gravel* D 47 5 9 14 12 23 2 0 64 7.8
3 Derek Forbort D 56 4 10 14 19 41 1 0 78 5.1
18 Mike Richards (X)** C 16 3 11 14 6 4 1 0 39 7.7
21 Andrew Crescenzi** C 49 5 7 12 -9 60 1 1 48 10.4
55 Jeff Schultz** D 44 3 9 12 14 28 1 0 52 5.8
13 Josh Gratton** LW 34 5 4 9 -1 65 0 0 24 20.8
25 Scott Sabourin RW 40 3 6 9 -3 107 0 0 54 5.6
24 Ryan Horvat** LW 43 2 7 9 -3 69 0 0 42 4.8
23 Nick Ebert D 35 5 3 8 7 14 0 0 43 11.6
33 Kevin Raine* D 43 2 2 4 5 48 0 0 42 4.8
15 Paul Bissonnette** (total) LW 44 0 3 3 -9 92 0 0 29 0
POR LW 8 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 8 0
MCH LW 36 0 3 3 -8 92 0 0 21 0
TOTALS 64 202 354 555 199 1057 56 9 2037 0.099
# Goalies GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
35 Jean-Francois Berube 45 2622:28:00 31 8 2 2 91 2.08 999 0.917
30 Patrik Bartosak 22 1261:14:00 10 7 0 1 46 2.19 513 0.918
Totals 64 3904:52:00 41 15 2 3 143 2.2 1512 0.914

X Indicates no longer with team
* Indicates prospect on AHL-only contract
** Indicates not a prospect

Not much has really changed in the last two weeks with the Monarchs. Weal and O'Neill continue to terrorize the rest of their division while Miller has padded his team leading PIM total. The funny thing is, he's only been in two fights. He's just rather undisciplined, especially compared to fellow blue liners Gravel and Forbort.

Kevin Raine is not an offensive dynamo, but he impressed enough at training camp to earn a one year AHL contract. He's been somewhat in and out of the lineup and he's been deployed on the third pairing. He hits like a MAC truck and the best thing you could say about him is that when you don't notice him, he's having a good game. He's only 21 so he still has raw potential to be another Matt Greene.

After sweeping the weekend, the Monarchs sit atop the AHL with a cool 90 points, up three points on the second place Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) with a game in hand. The Monarchs are essentially the Anaheim Ducks (tons of regular season success, run cold in playoffs), though I'm not sure if they have the same infuriating third period comeback abilities as the Ducks. Also, they're actually better WRT corsis and stuff this season.

Fancy Stats

Thanks to Joshua Weissbock for providing this table at http://hockeystats.ca/ahl.

After being in second place for most of the season, the Monarchs have now dethroned the Worcester Sharks for most shooty-supressy team in the league. Even the Kings' AHL affiliate has to one-up the Sharks, SMDH.

Coming Up

March 2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1

Sharks
W 0-2
2
3
Kid's Club Party
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
4
5
6

Penguins
W 3-6
7

Penguins
T 0-0
8

Wolf Pack
W 3-5
9
10
11

@ IceCaps
W 4-1
12
13

@ IceCaps
L 4-5
14

@ IceCaps
W 4-1
15
16
17
18
19
20

@ Bruins
W 5-2
21

IceCaps
W 1-2
22

Pirates
W 1-3
23
24
25
26
27

@ Bears
7:00 PM
28

@ Bears
7:00 PM
29

@ Phantoms
3:05 PM
30
31

The Monarchs are vacating Verizon Wireless Arena this weekend for the NCAA Hockey Tournament. Paul LaDue, a 20 year-old right shot defense prospect playing for North Dakota will be participating in said tourney, though he'll be staying in Fargo.

The Monarchs will look to remain in their lofty position while on the road as they visit Hershey and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers).