Thursday, April 29, 2010
In turn, perhaps these are the playoffs that launch the career of Kings prospect Bud Holloway. Drafted in the third round, just months after Dean Lombardi was hired in 2006, he's on fire with Manchester right now.
The Monarchs have won five games in the AHL playoffs this spring...Holloway has scored the game winner in all of them!
A few guys taken before him have received more press - names like Bernier and Trevor Lewis...and his former teammate with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Thomas Hickey, received more pub when he was taken by Lombardi in the first round the following year...yet, Holloway has consistently just been biding his time and putting up points.
He finished his junior career by posting the third most goals in the WHL (2007-08). Last year he started the season with Manchester and scored a goal in his debut. He later made his way to Southern California...just not to play with the Kings, being sent down to the ECHL's Ontario Reign. The 6' winger was perhaps the best player in Ontario, including leading the team in points and assists during the playoffs.
After this season he'll have one year remaining on his three-year entry level contract.
Holloway lead the Monarchs in points this season...and now has points in six straight playoff games.
He'll be looking for more Friday night when the Monarchs and the Worcester Sharks lace 'em up for game three of their second round series.
note: the official recap of the game can be found on the Monarchs website.
...and if you're having a bad day or in need of a good laugh, click here to see a 2 minute clip of Spicoli meeting Mr. Hand for the first time.