|The Kings activated Ryan Smyth from Injured Reserve on Friday. Smyth has missed the last 15 games with an upper body injury.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Ryan Smyth from injured reserve and assigned the following four players to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) -- forwards Corey Elkins
, Oscar Moller and Scott Parse
, and defenseman Alec Martinez
-- Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
Smyth, 33, has played in 22 games with the Kings, recording 23 points (9-14=23) and 10 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 189-pound native of Banff, AB, Canada, was acquired from Colorado in exchange for Kyle Quincey, Tom Preissing and a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on July 3, 2009. Smyth suffered an upper body injury during the Kings 4-3 SO win over the Florida Panthers on Nov. 16 and has missed the last 15 games.
Elkins, 24, made his NHL debut this week and has played in two games with the Kings this season, recording one goal and zero penalty minutes. The 6-3, 216-pound native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, has also played in 30 games with Manchester this season and has a team co-leading 19 points (8-11=19). He was recalled by the Kings on December 14 as an emergency re-call.
Moller, 20, has played in nine games with the Kings, recording two points (1-1=2) and zero penalty minutes. The 5-10, 186-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, has also played in 25 games with Manceshter this season and has a team co-leading eight goals while recording 18 points, second most on the most. He was most recently recalled by the Kings on December 6.
Parse, 25, has played in 27 games with the Kings this season, his first in the NHL, and he has 11 points (4-7=11) and 12 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 197-pound native of Portage, Michigan, has also played in seven games with Manchester this season, and at the time of his recall on October 23, Parse had recorded a team-high 11 points and nine assists (2-9=11) and six penalty minutes. His 11 points ranked second in the AHL while his nine assists were tied for first in the league.
Martinez, 22, has played in two games with the Kings this season, his first in the NHL. The 6-1, 208-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has also played in 13 games with Manchester this season, recording six points (3-3=6), six penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating. He was most recently recalled by the Kings on December 16.
The Kings, tied for first place in the Pacific Divison and the Western Conference with 47 points (San Jose also has 47 points), return to practice on Monday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo at 10 a.m. The Kings are then scheduled to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. before returning to game action on Saturday, December 26, at Phoenix beginning at 6 p.m. That Kings-Phoenix game will air on FS West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. The Kings’ next home game is Monday, December 28, against Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. For all Kings season ticket, mini-plan and group discount information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA and visit LAKings.com.