Kings send three top prospects back to the minor leagues to start the season

So, it turns out Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli will play together again this season. The Kings loaned them to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Those three formed the Monarchs’ top line last season, before Toffoli was recalled by the Kings late in the lockout-shortened NHL season. They played together at times during training camp with the Kings and in exhibitions. But there was simply no room for them on the Kings’ roster, which had to be trimmed to 23 by Monday.

There remains a very good chance one or more of them will return to the Kings at some point during the upcoming season, which begins with a road game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild. They have plenty of offensive skills. The only thing holding them back is the presence of so many veterans. All the kids are lacking is experience.

Toffoli had two goals and three assists in 10 regular-season games with the Kings last season after scoring 51 points (28 goals, 23 assists) in 58 games for Manchester. Vey had a team-leading 67 points (22 goals, 45 assists) in 74 games for the Monarchs. Pearson recorded 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 64 games.

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