In a just announced roster move, forward Austin Wagner has been recalled by the Kings. As previously reported, forward Kyle Clifford did not travel to Detroit with the team after he suffered an injury, stemming from a Pierre-Edouard Bellemare hit on Sunday against Vegas, thus leaving the team with just 11 healthy forwards.
Wagner returns to the Kings following two games played with Ontario, where he collected a goal on Friday against Tucson, showcasing his trademark speed to beat a defenseman through the neutral zone into the attacking end, before a tight finish at the net for the goal. Wagner returns to the NHL with four points (1-3-4) from 18 games played with Los Angeles and three goals from seven AHL games this season.
Breaking. Austin Wagner is fast. pic.twitter.com/EEtZQAy1xE
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) December 8, 2018
Following Wagner’s most recent assignment to the Reign, Willie Desjardins had the following to say –
“Yeah, it wasn’t that he hadn’t played well. He’s been pretty good up here and that’s what we want from our young guys. When they’re not getting a lot of ice time here, it’s better for them to go down and get some ice time. So, it’s not a case that we were disappointed with how he played. I was quite happy with the way he was playing. For a guy that came up, basically, he was playing well, but we have a couple guys. We’ve got to get these other guys and take a look at them, so that’s the only thing that’s happened.”
From the Kings official release –
The 21-year-old Wagner (born June 23, 1997) is a 6-1, 185-pound native of Calgary, Alberta who has played in 18 games with the Kings in this his first NHL season, recording four points (1-3=4) and four penalty minutes. He scored his first NHL goal on November 21 vs. Colorado. Wagner has also appeared in seven games this season with the Reign and has recorded three goals.
Wagner is expected to join the team on the ice for tomorrow’s morning skate in Detroit. This leaves the Kings with 12 forwards and 7 defensemen healthy and on the trip as of this post.