In what should have been an otherwise slow news day, with the Kings practicing and preparing for a game in St. Louis tomorrow, the team has recalled top prospect Alex Turcotte from AHL Ontario.
The 22-year-old forward played center for the Reign in their 5-1 victory at Tucson last night. On the season, he has produced seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-8 rating. His 23 points places fifth among all active Reign skaters while his plus-8 ranks second.
Despite missing time this season with two separate injuries, Turcotte has been a powerful force when in the lineup for coach Marco Sturm.
Since being selected by LA at the 2019 NHL Draft, Turcotte has appeared in 12 games for the Kings, beginning with his NHL debut during the 2021-22 campaign.
Overall, he has posted 79 points (25G, 54A) with 70 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-26 rating in 119 career AHL games.
A roster spot was available due to Blake Lizotte recently going on the injured reserve list.
No word yet if he will draw in for Sunday’s game in St. Louis. However, it appears management wants to give coach Todd McLellan every option available that may help. Although the final lineup won’t be known until tomorrow, it’s likely Turcotte slots in at 4C with Trevor Lewis going back to wing.
Given the Kings have only won twice in their past 15 games, the pressure is on to close out the road trip with a pair of victories.
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