Monarchs' roster set in advance of Sunday's opener - LA Kings Insider

The Manchester Monarchs’ 2014-15 roster has been set in advance of tomorrow’s opener at Wilkes Barre/Scranton.

Patrik Bartosak
Jean-Francois Berube

Colin Miller
Derek Forbort
Kevin Gravel
Vincent LoVerde
Andrew Bodnarchuk
Nick Ebert
Kevin Raine
Jeff Schultz

Zach O’Brien
Josh Gratton
David Van der Gulik
Sean Backman
Jordan Weal
Vincent Arseneau
Andrew Crescenzi
Brian O’Neill
Ryan Horvat
Scott Sabourin
Nic Dowd
Michael Mersch

There was excellent competition on defense throughout Los Angeles’ and Manchester’s training camp, and it ended with Alex Roach (2011 / free agent signing) being sent to ECHL-Ontario, where he’ll receive a good workload, and Zachary Leslie (2013 / 6th round) and Kurtis MacDermid (2012 / free agent signing) returning to junior hockey. Leslie will re-join a Guelph squad that lost in the championship game of the Memorial Cup last year, and MacDermid will return to an Erie team where he’ll be a teammate of uber-prospect Connor McDavid, so both will serve as workhorses as they continue their development.

“Leslie is going to go back and play a lot of minutes there. He can work on his strength. They have a new program there set up during the day.” said Rob Blake, the Kings’ Assistant General Manager and Manchester’s General Manager. “And same with MacDermid, he’s missed a lot of hockey with injuries in Junior. He hasn’t played a full few years in junior. So this will give him another opportunity, but it is the development path.”

“I think the key things for [Leslie and MacDermid] is competitive teams [on which] they’re going to get a lot of ice time.”

Maxim Kitsyn (2010 / 6th round) was also assigned to Ontario. The Reign’s season opens on Saturday, October 25 against Idaho.

Kevin Raine will open the year in the AHL after following a strong rookie camp and training camp in Los Angeles with a strong camp in Manchester.

“Yeah, he had a good camp for us, a guy that Mike Futa has monitored for the last few years,” Blake said. “He came in and earned himself a tryout, then he earned himself an AHL contract, and now he’s going to work on other things.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.