LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Daniel Taylor from the Reading Royals of the ECHL and assigned goaltender Jonathan Bernier
to the Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi Thursday announced.
Taylor, 21, has appeared in one game with the Kings this season. He made his NHL debut with the club in relief on Saturday, March 29 at STAPLES Center, stopping 10 of 12 shots in the third period. Taylor is the seventh goalie to see action with the Kings this season, tying an NHL record. The 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques and 2002-03 St. Louis Blues also used seven goalies in one season.
Taylor has also played in 23 games with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) this season, and has recorded a 13-5-2 record, four shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage (the 13 wins and four shutouts lead the team as does his 2.40 GAA and .921 save percentage). In January, he was named the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month after he posted a 5-0-0 record in six appearances including three shutouts. Taylor has also this season played in five games with Reading, where he has gone 3-0-0 with a 2.63 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Taylor, a 5-11, 179-pound native of Plymouth, England, was originally selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (221st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Bernier, 19, most recently played for the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL), where in 48 regular season games he posted a 18-12-3 record, a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. His 2.73 goals-against average ranked second in the QMJHL and his .908 save percentage was fifth (among goaltenders with more than 1,000 minutes played). He also appeared in six playoff games, as Lewiston was eliminated in the first round by Cape Breton in six games.
Bernier started the season with the Kings, where in four games he went 1-3-0 (his first NHL win came on September 29) with a 4.03 goals-against-average and .864 save percentage. He earned the victory in his NHL debut on September 29 against Anaheim in London, England.
The 5-11, 177-pound native of Laval, Quebec, was also a member of Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship held in the Czech Republic in January. He went 1-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average, one shutout and a .947 save percentage in two appearances, helping Team Canada win the gold medal.
Bernier was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.