Picking up 12 goals and 27 assists in 81 games as a rookie defenseman
raises eyebrows, even for a No.
Rounding out the candidates from Hockey East are Providence College senior forward Torry Gajda (Westfield, MA), whose 33 points for the resurgent Friars have nearly tripled his output of 13 last season and place him third among Hockey East scorers; Maine senior forward Greg Moore (Lisbon, ME), currently Hockey East's second leading goal scorer behind Collins with 21 tallies in 30 contests; and New Hampshire's senior defenseman
Brian Yandle (Milton, MA), the top point getter among Hockey East defenders with 24 points in 30 contests.
Crimson senior captain Noah Welch (Brighton, MA), a defenseman
who was a semifinalist in his sophomore year, has been the leader of a stout Harvard defensive corps and has compiled 5-7-12 in scoring.
Gretzky, the rookie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, turned in a lineup sheet that had been incorrectly filled out, which left the Coyotes one defenseman
Coach Andy Murray's final decisions will center on how many defensemen he wants to keep on the active roster, and specifically, if he wants to keep 21-year-old defenseman
That leaves six spots, although players such as Jeff Cowan, Tom Kostopoulos, Joe Corvo and Nathan Dempsey would seem to be in good positions, and the Kings' other decisions will largely be influenced by whether they believe 21-year-old defenseman
Denis Grebeshkov is ready for a roster spot.
Wesley re-signs: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed defenseman
Glen Wesley to a one-year, $1 million contract, bringing the 36-year-old fan favorite back for an 18th NHL season.
The Kings also signed forward Jeff Tambellini, their first-round pick in the 2003 draft, to a multi-year, entry- level contract, and free-agent defenseman
Brad Fast to a one-year contract.
The Kings also signed wingers Jeff Giuliano and George Parros to two-year contracts and traded defenseman
Bryan Muir to the Washington Capitals for future considerations Friday.
The Kings also signed goaltender Adam Hauser to a one-year deal, and gave unrestricted free agent defenseman
Marty Wilford a two-year contract.
The Vipers are led by WSHL All-Star selections Justin Dyke, a Canyon Country resident who plays forward, and defenseman
Other West Valley players with local ties are defenseman
Michael Sanford (Thousand Oaks), forward Trent Dolabson (Oak Park), forward Tanner Ronn (Oak Park) and defenseman
Connor Chilton (Oak Park).