Ian Clark's Monarchs Notebook: Vey leads Monarchs' youth movement
Defensemen Andrew Campbell and Andrew Bodnarchuk are both in their sixth AHL seasons. Campbell was awarded the captain's "C" and Bodnarchuk is once again wearing an alternate captain's "A."
"Obviously, it's a big deal for me. You want to be that guy. You want to be a guy that's looked to," Vey said prior to Saturday's matinee against St. John's. "The onus is on you to make sure everyone is ready and to lead by example."
"Everyone is a leader. A lot of different guys are vocal and work hard on the ice," Vey said. "It's a team effort and we're the guys that Mark chose and we take a little more responsibility. But it's a team and we all work together."
"Linden can be a real stalwart for us," Morris said. "He's a tremendous asset to everyone he plays with. He's a great puck distrubutor and we need more consistency from his defensive game and he knows it."
"It's a choice, whether you really want to bear down and become that 200-foot player that everyone strives to be," Morris said. "For some, it's stubborn habits that are hard to break and I think in his case, we saw (Friday) that he was reliable and dependable for the most part."
"The biggest thing for guys that come out of junior and put up a lot of points, your mindset isn't to play defense," Vey said. "You think you can get away with a lot in junior and you come to the pro level and you give teams an opportunity and they capitalize on it. You have to make sure you mentally prepare and want to play in all three zones."
"You look at the NHL and everyone can play in all three zones," he said. "You don't realize, but when you play well in your own zone you get that many more opportunities in the offensive zone. It's a work in progress and you need to make sure you get better every game."
"Robbie played a fine game (Friday) but we're trying to get some of the guys a little bit of ice who have been working hard in practice," Morris said. "We've got some line combinations that we know work."