The LA Kings have recalled forward Adrian Kempe and defenseman Paul LaDue from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 20-year-old Kempe (born Sep. 13, 1996) is a 6-2, 202-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden who has appeared in 43 games during his second season with Ontario, posting 19 points (11-8=19) and 38 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, Kempe ranked tied for second on the team in goals.
Selected in the first-round (29th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Kempe is getting his first NHL call-up after appearing in 101 regular-season games for the Reign and Monarchs over the past three seasons, recording 47 points (22-25=47) and 67 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 30 postseason games, tallying 14 points (12-2=14), a plus-4 rating and four penalty minutes. During the Monarchs 2015 Calder Cup Championship run, Kempe recorded eight goals, tied for second among AHL rookies in the postseason, including scoring the opening goal of a 2-1 win in the clinching game against Utica. Kempe will be the fifth player selected in the first round during the Dean Lombardi era (starting in 2006) to be on this current roster.
Kempe will wear number 39, the first player to wear that number since Dan Cloutier during the 2007-08 seasons and first position player to wear it since Noah Clark during the 2005-06 season.
The 24-year-old LaDue (born Sept. 6, 1992) is a 6-2, 201-pound native of Grand Forks, N.D., who went scoreless in one game during his assignment to Ontario on Feb. 11.
LaDue played two games with the Kings during his first call-up.
He recorded his first NHL point February 9 when he assisted on Dwight King's goal against the Florida Panthers.
Video: LAK@FLA: Paul LaDue records first career NHL assist
Selected in the sixth-round (181st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, LaDue has appeared in 37 games during his rookie season with Ontario, posting 18 points (6-12=18) and 26 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall he ranked tied for first in goals and third in assists among team defensemen. Among AHL rookie defensemen he ranked fifth in goals, tied for ninth in points and tied for second in power play goals (four; tied for 10th among all AHL defensemen).
The Kings return from their bye-week to host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports West and KABC Radio AM790.