Selected in the second round, 37th overall, Zykov was the Kings' top pick in the 2013 draft. He had a solid training camp and made it through the first round of cuts. But, as expected, he was eventually sent back to Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL.
With 75 points in 67 games, Zykov was named the league's top rookie last year and he's having a strong start to this season. Zykov has five goals and six assists for 11 points in 10 games.
His offensive instincts have been on full display, as has his quick release and strong hands. Zykov must continue to work to improve his skating and prove he can adapt to the demanding physical play in the NHL.
Shore deserves a mention given his performance in training camp, where he was one of the last players to be cut.
The 21-year-old center was taken in the third-round, 82nd overall in the 2011 draft. He is a good two-way player who has great hockey sense and playmaking abilities.
He's had a slow start to this season, as he has yet to register a point in four games with the Monarchs. He has an even plus/minus rating and just one shot on goal. That said, this is his first AHL campaign after spending three years at the University of Denver.
Given time to adjust to play at the professional level, he should eventually have an impact on offense.