I dont get to watch Monarchs game, but from everything I have read... the team kind of sucks this year, especially defensively. I am just glad we are at the point that we can be excited for either Bernier, Quick, Zatkoff, Taylor, Rowat or Jones oh and some swedish guy named Ersberg.
That is former Kings defenseman Jamie Heward on the score sheet for Norfolk...
Zeiler did not play and will not play this weekend. He re-injured his groin in practice this week. It's likely hell stay in Manchester to rehab but unknown if they'll recall him to LA and place him on their IR or waiver him to Manchester. Whereas he's on a conditioning assignment, typically he'd be recalled to the NHL after 2-weeks. He was loaned here on 11/3 so this coming Monday will be day 14...
The Monarchs play Norfolk again tonight...
Last edited by King Blazer: 11-15-2008 at 07:16 AM.
It totally sucks for Moulson, who should be trying to prove his worth in the NHL, but it is the best move for the organization's developmental curve. Moulson brings a proven record, and familiarity to a disjointed team. Maybe it takes Moulson another year to make it, but his value to the Monarchs this year is much greater than that of the Kings.
Losing Ellis was a big blow. He would have given the Monarchs the veteran depth they needed, and be someone who could set the pace for the young players. To have a successful farm system, you need those players on the cusp of making it to set the tone of how the team competes.
Piskula is a spare part right now, and seems to be on a longer developmental curve. The Kings should swap him while he still has some potential for a veteran (24-27) left wing AHL prospect. I don't have any possibilities dreamed up, but it would rid the Monarchs of one too many defenseman, and fill a need upfront in many ways.
Quick really kept them in the game and then in an instant, his misplay behind the net, puck stolen and buried by Norfolk ended it .
Earlier in the game, Quick was the first guy out of a scrum in his crease swinging and drove a guy that is much bigger than he is into the corner with multiple blocker pad jabs to the throat.
The Monarchs are playing incredibly boring defensive hockey and not very well. They had TWO SHOTS in the entire third period last night. TWO SHOTS in a tie game! They had seven shots in the second period! NINE SHOTS at the opponent's net in 40-mins of hockey!!!
It's just painful to watch. Thankfully that aside from the home game on the day after Thanksgiving they're on the road until December 5th. Not a team playing a game or style that's worth watching at this point. I've been to four games, paid for one of them and I've already overpaid!
Good game tonight against Hamilton. 4-2 win! Great first game experience. My girlfriend said I looked like a fat kid in a candy shop watching the Monarchs. I didn't know what to say to that.
Sat in front of some of Westgarth's relatives, they were bummed to hear he wasn't in the lineup. They overheard me talking about the Monarchs and asked me why he wasn't playing (for whatever reason). I had no ideas other than mabye a bruised hand or something so they leaned over the glass next to our seats at the visitor's bench to ask some guy where "our cousin Kevin" was and (my jaw drops) it turns out to be Dean Lombardi standing 3 feet away watching the warmup! I think they thought he was the coach or something, he seemed a little confused at the question. Turns out he was a scratch to get Clune into the lineup. DL had a chat with Morris - I think it was him anyways - and then disappeared back into the tunnel as quickly as he'd appeared.
Moulson and Purcell are quite good together. Moulson gets rewarded for getting his hands dirty in the corners and in front of the net and Purcell at times makes everyone else appear to be in slow motion. Purcell I noticed wasn't as involved in the corners as I would have hoped, but he was on the PK, so thats gotta count for something.
Voynov looked really good. Made very few mistakes, liked lugging the puck up the ice and scored on a beauty slapshot during the PP. I'm not sure if if he was this good or the underwhelming nature of the rest of the defense helped distinguish him. But I was definitely impressed. Martinez didn't play, I was hoping to see him.
I was glad to see Lewis performimg well. Solid on the PP and PK, just seemed to chip in a little everywhere. Not afraid of the physical stuff, either.
Bernier was solid. Made it all look very very easy and stopped everything he should have. Both of his goals allowed were the fault of Drew Bagnall, who consistently made me nervous in the defensive zone to be perfectly honest.
Clune is a maniac. First shift and he fought some dude who had at least 6 inches on him and held his own. Good way to introduce yourself.
Azevedo got 3 assists in his debut! Anyone know if he was hurt or something before this? Wow he seemed to be everywhere! I knew he was small, but jesus. I really hope his point production can give him a shot at the pro level.