[Update as of Saturday at 9:30 a.m. PT: The Los Angeles Kings officially announced Michael Mersch’s call up.]
Michael Mersch has been called up to the Kings, a Kings hockey operations source has confirmed.
The left winger was not in the Reign lineup on Friday night as the team prepared to face Texas in Ontario. The Kings play tomorrow in Nashville at 5 p.m.
Mersch, 23, started the season with the Reign and earned his first NHL call-up in December, making his debut on Dec. 11, 2015, against Pittsburgh. In total, Mersch played 15 games with the Kings, registering one goal and three assists.
He was sent back to the Reign on Jan. 15 and since then has 7 goals and 13 assists in 15 games. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has 19 goals and 9 assists in 34 games with the Reign, that time mostly spent on the team’s first line with center Nic Dowd.
Mersch had a breakaway goal in Wednesday’s 6-1 win over Stockton where he used his speed to get by a defender for a backhanded goal. Speed was one of the areas of his game the Kings had asked him to work on in his reassignment, and Reign head coach Mike Stothers made sure to point out the improvement after the victory: “[Mersch’s] goal, did you see him pulling away with that great breakaway speed of his? Want that duly noted: There was some great speed by shown by Michael Mersch.”