The Los Angeles Kings have left veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi in the AHL with the Ontario Reign this season, although he hasn’t managed to draw into the lineup in Ontario just yet.
Now, though, he could make his season debut – in the NHL instead.
It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that the 37-year-old Scuderi has been recalled by the Kings, bringing him back onto the Los Angeles roster ahead of the team’s upcoming game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Drafted 134th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1998, the Syosset, New York native has skated out in a collective 783 career NHL games, putting up eight goals and 110 points in the process.
He’s currently on his second stint with the Kings, who picked him up in between his two stints with the Penguins back in 2009. Last season, he was dealt back to the Pacific Division club from the Chicago Blackhawks, who picked him up from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the start of the year before moving him out for fellow defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
Now, he’s presumably being brought up to replace the 25-year-old Brayden McNabb – who is out on the injured reserve list with an arm injury in St. Louis, and is considered week to week for the time being.
The Kings next play against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, when they’ll look to come back from two consecutive shutout losses (first to the Blues, then to the Chicago Blackhawks). There’s been no confirmation yet whether or not Scuderi will draw into the lineup.