The Manchester Monarchs, AHL Affiliate of the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, saw one of their forwards depart the L.A. Kings organization Saturday afternoon.
The Kings traded up to the 50th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center. The only pick the Kings had in the 2nd round was the 60th but were able to move up when they traded forward Linden Vey to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for that 50th pick.
Vey, the 22 year-old native of Wakaw, Saskatchewan was originally drafted 96th overall in round 4 of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by Dean Lombardi and the Kings. Before coming to Manchester, Linden played four full seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL where he recorded 280 points in 260 regular season games. He then went on to play for the Monarchs for three seasons and in 191 regular season games, Vey collected 158 points. Linden did split this past 2013-14 season between the Monarchs and Kings. He played 43 games for the Monarchs and 18 for the Kings, mostly in the first half of the regular season.
Vey, who is clearly NHL-ready, will most likely be in the Vancouver Canucks lineup for this upcoming season. The newly appointed head coach of the Canucks, Willie Desjardins who led his Texas Stars to the 2014 Calder Cup Championship, has also coached Linden in the past with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Roland McKeown with the 50th overall pick. Roland is one of the many top ranked defenseman prospects and was ranked 27th overall among all prospects in this year’s 2014 NHL Entry Draft, look for him to be a key defensemen in the Kings’ lineup down the road.
The Los Angeles Kings are set to open their Development Camp in the upcoming weeks for a close-up look at all prospects, including the newly-drafted ones this past year.