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Walker Recalled from Reign, Vilardi Loaned to Team Canada for WJC

LA Kings add top scorer among Reign defenseman to the lineup; Top prospect eligible to play for Canada at 2019 World Junior Championship

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The LA Kings have recalled defenseman Sean Walker from the Ontario Reign (AHL), Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

In addition, the Kings have loaned forward Gabriel Vilardi to Team Canada. Vilardi is eligible to play in the upcoming 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The 24-year-old Walker (born November 13, 1994) is a 5-11, 196-pound native of Keswick, Ontario who has played in four games with the Kings in this his first NHL season.

Walker picked up his first career point in his NHL debut when he assisted on Tyler Toffoli's goal against the Dallas Stars on October 23.

Video: LAK@DAL: Toffoli scores off stretch pass

Walker has also appeared in 20 games this season with the Reign and has recorded 17 points (6-11=17) and a plus-six rating. He ranks first among all Reign defenseman in goals, assists and points.

The 19-year-old Vilardi (born August 16, 1999) is a 6-3, 201-pound native of Kingston, Ontario who was drafted No. 11 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Vilardi played in four games with the Reign this season, recording an assist.

Video: Gabe Vilardi records his first professional point

The upcoming World Junior Championship will be played in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., from December 26 to January 5.

The Kings begin their four-game road trip today in Detroit against the Red Wings at 4:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West, the FOX Sports App and the LA Kings Audio Network on iHeartRadio. Pregame shows begin at 4 p.m.

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