If you recall, Teddy Purcell was one of the rookies the Kings expected to make the team out of training camp, but he didn’t impress enough to earn a spot. He started slow offensively in Manchester, with two goals and three assists in his first 10 games, but then he totaled eight goals and seven assists in his next 11 games. He dipped a bit, and had put up zero goals and one assist in his last four games, but got the call today when Derek Armstrong’s status (and possibly Raitis Ivanans’ status) came into doubt.
Here’s part of the release from the Kings…
Purcell, 24, leads the Monarchs in goals (9), assists (10) and points (19), and he also has six penalty minutes through 23 games this season. The 6-3, 202-pound native of St. John’s Newfoundland has not played in a regular season game with the Kings this season. He will wear jersey No. 54.
Last season, Purcell recorded three points (1-2=3) and zero penalty minutes in 10 games with the Kings. He made his Kings/NHL debut at Edmonton on Jan. 15, 2008, and he scored his first career Kings/NHL goal vs. Calgary on Feb. 15, 2008. With Manchester last season, he recorded 83 points (25-58=83) and 34 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. Purcell’s 83 points and 58 assists led all AHL rookies, and his 25 goals tied for second among rookies in the circuit. Additionally, his 49 power-play points and 36 power-play assists led all rookies, and his 13 power-play goals ranked second among first-year players. Purcell was named AHL Rookie of the Month for November of 2007 after recording 17 points (5-12=17) in 12 games. In addition, he was named a starter for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team, and he was named MVP of the AHL’s All-Star Classic after collecting a hat trick during regulation play and then scoring the decisive goal in a shootout that decided the game. The former Hockey East Rookie of the Year (with the University of Maine in 2006-07) was originally signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007.