You had a breakout year. Do you think spending all of 2004-05 in Manchester helped?
– Grady Froese, Chemainus, B.C.
That year in general helped. The AHL was real competitive and I tried to improve my game while I was there.
If you could pick two players, past or present, to play on a line with (not counting the ones you play with now), who would they be?
– Chris Brnjas, Fergus, Ont.
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
What has been the hardest thing to adapt to in the new NHL?
– Kevin Heuer, Charlottesville, Va.
Just keeping your stick to yourself. When a guy beats you, you just have to put your head down and skate after him.
How is Los Angeles as a hockey town?
– Jason Parks, Columbus
Growing up in Toronto, all I knew about L.A. was that there was a beach there, but the fans here, we have great support.
How did playing in the NCAA compare to the AHL?
– Brad Kurtzberg, Melville, N.Y.
The AHL is professional. The travel, the grind; the lifestyle is very different. College was a lot of fun socially; you’re living the life of a student-athlete.
Who are your biggest influences both on and off the Kings?
– Joseph Kazazian, Glendale, Calif.
My father, mother and sister off the ice. On the ice, last year I’d say Luc Robitaille. It was pretty emotional, and the character and respect he showed to everyone was incredible.
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