The Los Angeles Kings have seen rookie prospect Kevin Gravel meet with plenty of success in his first year under NHL contract – and now, he could get his first-ever NHL postseason game in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
The Kings confirmed on Friday afternoon that Gravel – who showed up Friday morning to participate in practice with the Pacific Division club – has been recalled from the AHL’s Ontario Reign ahead of the team’s upcoming game against the San Jose Sharks, which will see the Kings look to tie up the series at a game apiece during the best of seven playoff run in California. Gravel is likely to replace Alec Martinez in the lineup, who was injured in the first game of the playoffs and did not participate in practice on Friday.
Drafted 148th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by Los Angeles, Gravel was first signed to an AHL contract within the team’s system upon his departure from the NCAA’s St. Cloud State. This year, though, he’s managed to draw into five NHL games, chipping in with 20 points in his 55 AHL appearances for the Reign while working his way through the first year of his entry-level deal.
The Kings will next play tomorrow evening, when they face the San Jose Sharks at home in southern California. While the team hasn’t given an update on Martinez, the blue liner only played 11 minutes on Thursday night and doesn’t seem likely for Saturday’s game.