Shore assigned to Manchester; O’Neill AHL MVP

Mike Stobe / National Hockey LeagueThe Kings announced on Sunday that Nick Shore has been assigned to AHL-Manchester, an expected roster move that ultimately transpired when concerns about his health were ultimately allayed. Shore had undergone tests for mononucleosis shortly after the end of the regular season, though they came back negative. Hockey operations had told LA Kings Insider last Wednesday that Shore may “have some other health issues we need to clear up first,” though such concerns have obviously been cleared up.

Shore totaled seven points (1-6=7) in 34 games with Los Angeles and 42 points (20-22=42) in 38 games with Manchester.

The Monarchs will welcome the center back to the lineup after finishing the season with an AHL-best 50-17-6-3 record and claiming the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular season league champions. They’ll face the Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes) in the first round of the playoffs this week. Hershey (Washington Capitals) faces Worcester (San Jose Sharks), Hartford (New York Rangers) face Providence (Boston Bruins) and Wilkes Barre-Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins) faces Syracuse (Tampa Bay Lightning) across the Eastern Conference playoff landscape.

In other Manchester news, Brian O’Neill, who is under contract with the Kings through next season, was voted the Les Cunningham Award winner as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player. O’Neill, 26, led the league with 80 points (22-78=80) and led league forwards with a plus-28 rating in 69 AHL games. He was named a second-team AHL All-Star last week.

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