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Kings send O’Sullivan to Manchester

The Los Angeles Kings have assigned center Patrick O’Sullivan to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, it was announced late Thursday.

O’Sullivan, 21, has two points (one goal, one assist) and six penalty minutes in 12 games with the Kings this season.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Winston-Salem, N.C., made his NHL debut with the Kings on Oct. 6 at Anaheim and scored his first NHL goal vs. Minnesota on Oct. 18.

O’Sullivan won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie in 2005-06. He played in 78 games for Houston (AHL) and had 93 points (47 goals, 46 assists), ranking third in the league in goals and fourth in points while leading all rookies in both categories. In eight Calder Cup Playoff games with Houston, he had an additional 10 points (5g, 5a).

The Kings acquired O’Sullivan, originally selected by Minnesota in the second round (56th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and a first-round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for Pavol Demitra on June 24, 2006.