Kings recall Scuderi in wake of McNabb injury - LA Kings Insider

The Kings have recalled defenseman Rob Scuderi from the Ontario Reign (AHL), the team announced on Monday.

The move comes in the wake of Brayden McNabb (upper-body) being placed injured reserve prior to Sunday’s loss to the Blackhawks. McNabb was injured on Saturday against St. Louis in an offensive zone collision with Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

The 37-year-old Scuderi was placed on waivers on Oct. 10 and upon clearing, was assigned to the Ontario Reign. Although Scuderi has been a rostered player for the Reign, he has not appeared in any of their six contests and did not travel with the team on its three-game road trip to Texas last weekend. As a result, Scuderi has not played in any regular season contests this season. Scuderi, who resides in the South Bay, had worked out a schedule with Reign head coach Mike Stothers to allow him to work out at the Kings’ facility in El Segundo if necessary and commute other days to Ontario for practice.

Scuderi is in his second go-round with the Los Angeles organization after being acquired in February 2016 in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. In 783 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles, the two-time Stanley Cup champ with the Kings and Penguins has 8 goals and 102 assists for 110 points, a plus-25 rating and 198 penalty minutes.

Via CapFriendly, the Kings have $102,620 of projected cap space remaining with the addition of Scuderi. With such minimal cap space, it is possible that secondary moves to allow the Kings to maneuver around the salary cap could come in the near future.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.