Kings recall defenseman Gravel from Ontario - LA Kings Insider

Left-handed defenseman Kevin Gravel has been recalled from AHL-Ontario, the Kings announced on Thursday morning.

The 24-year-old Gravel was one of the last cuts out of Kings camp and appeared in five NHL games with the club last season. He has two assists in six games for the Reign, who are 3-1-2-0.

A move was imminent as the Kings wait on the result of an 11 a.m. PT disciplinary hearing for Tom Gilbert regarding his hit on the Ducks’ Nick Ritchie from Tuesday night. The Reign were set to fly to Tucson for games of their own this morning. Also related to the recall, Brayden McNabb (upper-body) is on injured reserve and the Kings had yet to make a move to add to their blue line depth after briefly recalling Rob Scuderi before sending him back to Ontario the following day to maximize the benefits of long-term injured reserve. The Kings were down to six defensemen prior to Gilbert’s disciplinary hearing, so a move this week was already being considered.

Gravel had one assist, 11 shots on goal and a minus-two rating in four preseason games. The Kingsford, Michigan native, who is waiver exempt this season, was assigned to Ontario as part of the final cuts of training camp. In conversations over the summer, the front office has been coolly high on Gravel, who makes safe plays and showed in his five-game stint last season that he was able to play at a raised pace while up with the parent club.

At the morning skate in advance of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio), Gravel skated to the left of Alec Martinez.

The 6-foot-4 212-pound Gravel is a fifth-round pick (148th overall) of the Kings in the 2010 NHL Draft. He, like center Nic Dowd, played collegiately at St. Cloud State. Gravel, who was held without a point in five games last season, recorded two assists and a 50.6% Corsi-for rating.

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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.