My apologies for the delay – it has been a busy day at LAKI HQ as the planning for a Suite Night is in the works, and the search for an LAKI intern took a step forward. I did manage to finish up my weekly story for LAKings.com this morning, which details Andy Andreoff’s attempts to crack the Kings roster, set behind the backdrop of Kyle Clifford’s successful attempt to make the team as a 19-year-old in 2010. It’s a good read on the eve of training camp and contains some interesting evaluation from Los Angeles assistant coach John Stevens and Manchester head coach Mark Morris.
“I think the first body of work that they had on Cliffy was the experience he had in Manchester at the end of the previous season,” said assistant coach John Stevens, who was hired by the Kings in the summer of 2010, two months after Clifford’s seven-game professional debut during the Monarchs’ playoff run.
“I guess he went in there and went right in and played the same way in the American League that he did in junior. He was just a real power forward, hardnosed – all the things you see in him now, and I think that’s something you look for in a young player, just his ability to go up to the next level and continue to be the same player.”
Enjoy! I’ll be back tomorrow with constant training camp coverage.
Other LAKings.com features:
Talk About It
Little Time for Rest
Make Them Better
Will to Win
Smooth and Selke
Up, Up and Away
In Their Eyes
Work in Progress
Scuderi’s Actions Speak
Brown’s Model a Path for Doughty