While we continue to await an NHL season, we can always take comfort in the success of the affiliates of the Los Angeles Kings. In the AHL, the Manchester Monarchs finish October with a 5-1 record, good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division.
After losing their home opener to Providence last Saturday, the Monarchs have reeled off three straight wins with the most recent two coming this weekend. On Saturday, Manchester defeated Worcester 5-1 and then on Sunday, celebrated Canadian Heritage Night at Verizona Arena with a 4-0 win over the Binghamton Senators.
Through six games, Brandon Kozun is leading the way for Manchester with eight points while four Monarchs (Kolomatis, Loktionov, Toffoli, Andreoff) are all tied for the team lead in goals with three apiece.
The Kings' first-round selection in 2012 Tanner Pearson is even making a good impression scoring both his goals on the power play while adding an assist. Tyler Toffoli is leading the way in the shots department with 21 while tough guy Richard Clune is, far and way, the team leader in penalty minutes with 23.
In goal, it's been Martin Jones the entire way thus far and for good reason. Jones has put up a 5-1 record with a 1.84 GAA to go along with a .926 save-percentage.
While we all prefer to see the Kings in action, seeing their future stars play this well is certain something to feel good about.
As for Los Angeles' East Coast League affiliate, the Ontario Reign currently sit second in the Pacific Division with eight points, just one behind the Stockton Thunder through eight games.