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.

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.