According to Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times, the Kings have recalled former NCAA champion Paul LaDue from the AHL. LaDue is a sixth-round pick of the Kings from back in 2012, who went on to star at the University of North Dakota. In his time there he scored 62 points in 123 games from the blueline, took the team to the Frozen Four three years in a row, and won the championship last season as an alternate-captain.
A strong puck-moving defenseman, LaDue has recorded 18 points in 36 games this season (his first) in the AHL. After debuting for the Ontario Reign in last year’s playoffs, he has been made a staple of the club’s blueline this season.
It’s not a guarantee that LaDue will make his debut this time around, but he looks like a lock to join the Kings’ back end in due time. His skill with the puck and poise when in trouble are attributes difficult to find among 6th round picks, especially when they come right-handed. He’ll wear #38 when he makes his debut, according to Zupke.