Los Angeles Kings‘ 5th round pick in the 2010 draft (#148 overall) defenseman Kevin Gravel(57) will start his rookie season under a one-year minor league contract, executed by the parent club, with Manchester Monarchs.
At 6’4″ 200 lbs. he’s a large presence on the blue line and plays a relatively sturdy, stay at home style, although he has shown an ability to move the puck around for scoring opportunities as he did in his final pair of college hockey campaigns.
The 22-year old could definitely add another dimension to his game with some coaching to fire the puck on net with more frequency.
It remains to be seen if that will develop but for now he’ll continue to work on his strong, shut down play.