Rasmus Kupari, who currently leads the AHL in scoring, will be recalled by the LA Kings today and placed on the team’s taxi squad.
After sitting out all of 2020 with a knee injury sustained while playing for Finland at the World Junior Championships, Kupari has been one of the more effective Reign players this season.
Even so, first year AHL coach John Wroblewski has continued to want more from the 20-year-old forward, noting he has high expectations for the Kings 2018 first round selection.
The timing of this recall is interesting. On Friday, Kings coach Todd McLellan did note that Jaret Anderson-Dolan will not be available to play in the series finale vs. Arizona and may not be available for the remainder of the Kings road trip, which has them scheduled for a pair of games in St, Louis, then Minnesota later this week.
Although the Reign have been playing nearly every other day of late, after tomorrow’s game vs. Henderson, they are actually off until Saturday, February 27, so the team’s two calendars may have lined up perfectly. From what we’ve been told, Kupari is expected to travel with the Kings for the remainder of the trip.
Will he find a way to sneak into a game and make his NHL debut? That remains to be seen.
For a detailed scouting report on Kupari, see here.
For those unfamiliar with how the NHL taxi squad works, please see the linked article below for more information.
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