The Los Angeles Kings didn’t have room among their 50 allotted roster spots to ink prospect Kevin Gravel to an entry-level deal in his first year out of the NCAA with St. Cloud State, so the club instead watched as the Michigan native took a one year AHL deal with the Manchester Monarchs.
This summer, though, it was confirmed that he’d finally earned his long-awaited ELC – and after a strong start to his season with the Ontario Reign in the AHL, the Kings have given the prospect a nod.
The Pacific Division club officially recalled Gravel on Thursday afternoon to replace the recently-demoted Christian Ehrhoff on the Kings active roster. He, along with goaltender Peter Budaj, will head to the team in New York ahead of their games with the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and New Jersey Devils.
Drafted 148th overall by the Kings in 2010, Gravel spent four years at St. Cloud State before joining the Kings pro system. Since arriving with the Monarchs and Reign, Gravel has boasts 11 goals and 31 points in a combined 105 regular season AHL games. He has yet to play at the NHL level in anything but pre-season contests, although he did spend time on the Kings roster during the games ahead of the 2015-16 regular season schedule.
The Kings will play the New York Islanders tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.