The Kings made a roster move Tuesday afternoon, assigning winger Jonny Brodzinski to AHL-Ontario. Earlier in the day, Justin Auger had been recalled from the Reign.
Brodzinski, a 2013 fifth round draft pick, was held scoreless in three games this season and averaged 8:57 per outing. The 24-year-old has appeared in nine NHL games, and though he recorded strong (if sheltered) possession metrics last season, is still looking for his first NHL goal. He totaled two assists in six games at the end of last season.
Though Nick Shore’s line has provided an impact at the start of the season, Los Angeles is still trying to generate chemistry from their other depth line that has relied at times on Adrian Kempe and Nic Dowd as centers. On Tuesday, Kempe skated between Michael Cammalleri and Justin Auger as a center after spending two games skating as a left wing.
Brodzinski is waiver-exempt, so this probably won’t be the last you’ve seen of him this season. Because of the proximity of the Reign, players who do not have to clear waivers, including Adrian Kempe, Kurtis MacDermid, Paul LaDue and Kevin Gravel, are among a group who may be shuffled between the parent club and their top affiliate when needs and situations arise, and when both teams’ schedules align at home.
Armed with a prolific wristshot, Brodzinski totaled 64 goals in 120 games over three seasons with St. Cloud State between 2012-15. He practiced with the Kings on Tuesday at Toyota Sports Center.
With Brodzinski’s assignment, Los Angeles has 22 skaters on its 23-man active roster.