The Kings have announced two more players being cut from training camp in LA and reassigned back to Manchester (AHL).
Forward Justin Azevedo, who played in his third pre-season game last night in Colorado, is headed back to the Monarchs – where he played 79 games last season. The 5-foot-7 forward was originally selected by the Kings in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft – following a breakout year with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL), where scored 43 goals. Last season was his third year in Manchester and his 53 points (18g, 35a) were second best on the team – trailing only Bud Holloway‘s 61 points.
Joining him on the flight back will be tough guy Jordan Nolan. The 6-foot-3 center was a rookie with the Monarchs last season, posting 17 points (5g, 12a) in 75 games. He played for three different teams during his junior hockey career, including the last two with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – where he was teammates with fellow Kings prospect Jake Muzzin. Nolan was a seventh round draft pick in 2009.
During the Kings’ rookie camp that preceded main camp, Nolan was one of the stars in the second game of the Rookie Tournament. He scored two goals against the Phoenix Coyotes that day, including the game winner with less than two minutes to go.
He also played two games for the Kings during the NHL preseason this year.
The Kings are now left with 28 skaters (including the injured Colin Fraser) and three goalies in camp. They’ll need to be down to 21 skaters before opening night next Friday. As reported previously, they’ll be taking all three goalies – Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff – with them to Europe.
For notes on the previous roster cuts this year, see below.