Nicolas Deslauriers, LW, 22
If there is one player to circle on the Manchester roster as having a turn-around, career-altering season, it is Nicolas Deslauriers. The 2009 third-round selection was having an immense amount of trouble the last two years in the AHL adjusting his free-flying and puck-carrying style to the Monarchs blue line. A switch to left wing this offseason, however, has reinvented the young St. Anicet, Quebec native. With much less pressure put on the naturally talented Deslauriers in terms of defensive responsibility, he seems to have flourished as a hard-hitting power forward who also has some true goal-scoring touch. He is on pace to blow away his AHL totals from previous years with 20 points in 33 games while only being a minus-one rating. He also leads the Monarchs in shots (120, also tied for the league lead) by almost double the next forward, which points to his simple yet aggressive style.
Always considered one of the Kings most naturally gifted prospects, it has taken some time for the Kings and Deslauriers to figure out how he can be best used. With this move to a forward position, it looks like he has truly re-established himself as one of the more promising King prospects with a legitimate future.