Kings recall Clague, assign LaDue to Ontario - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings announced a pair of roster moves yesterday, with defenseman Kale Clague recalled to the NHL for the first time, and defenseman Paul LaDue assigned to the Ontario Reign.

From the Kings official release –

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have recalled defenseman Kale Clague from Ontario (AHL), according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. In addition, defenseman Paul LaDue was assigned to the Reign.

This marks the first NHL call-up for Clague, who was drafted by the Kings in the second-round (51st overall) during the 2016 NHL Draft. The Regina, Saskatchewan native currently has 15 points (6-9=15) with the Reign in 27 games this season. At the time of this recall, he leads all Reign defensemen in goals, assists and points, and ranks tied for second in the AHL among defensemen in goals. He is also tied for the team-lead in power-play goals (3).

Clague has spent the last two seasons with the Reign, where he has posted 44 points (13-31=44) in 79 games, leading all Reign defensemen during this time.

Prior to making his professional hockey debut in 2017-18, he skated parts of five seasons in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings (2013-18) and Moose Jaw Warriors (2017-18). Internationally, Clague has represented Canada on multiple occasions, including twice at the IIHF World Junior Championship where he helped Canada to a gold-medal finish in 2018 as well as a silver medal on home ice in 2017. He also was part of Canada’s championship-winning roster at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

LaDue appeared in two games during his recall and recorded one point (0-1=1). He will return to the Reign where he has collected six points (1-5=6) in 18 games this season.

More to come, as Clague is expected to be in Boston this morning as the Kings take the ice for the first time since Saturday’s win over Detroit. The Kings hit the ice this morning at 8:30 AM Pacific at TD Garden in Boston for a morning skate, in advance of tonight’s 4 PM Pacific puck drop against the Bruins.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.