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