The LA Kings have assigned forward Gabriel Vilardi to the Ontario Reign (AHL) on a conditioning assignment, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The 19-year-old Vilardi (born August 16, 1999) is a 6-3, 201-pound native of Kingston, Ontario. The forward was drafted No. 11 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Video: Kings draft F Gabriel Vilardi No. 11
He played for three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Windsor Spitfires and the Kingston Frontenacs.
In 143 regular-season games he posted 157 points (68-89=157), a plus-27 rating and 40 penalty minutes.
Following the 2017 playoffs with Windsor, his team earned a berth in the Memorial Cup as the host team. The Spitfires went undefeated on home ice, and won the Memorial Cup. Vilardi lead his team in assists and ranked second on the Spitfires in points (0-7=7). Two of his assists came in the Championship game against the Erie Otters, where he earned the second star of the night.
Vilardi signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings in March.
The Kings open a three-game road trip on tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West, the FOX Sports App and the LA Kings Audio Network on iHeartRadio.