Hurt in Monday’s loss to Chicago, Kings defenseman Andrej Sekera is “out” and will see the doctor later today, coach Darryl Sutter told reporters today.
Not surprisingly, Sutter didn’t say much more than that. But at least one reporter, Rich Hammond of the O.C. Register, got the sense the injury to Sekera was “not minor.”
That certainly wouldn’t be good news for the Kings, who just over a month ago gave up a first-round draft pick in 2015 and prospect Roland McKeown to get Sekera, a pending unrestricted free agent, from Carolina.
At the very least, the first-round pick is protected and becomes a 2016 selection if Los Angeles doesn’t make the playoffs.
The Kings host the Oilers Thursday, with a chance to move past Winnipeg and into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
P.S. — the news on Tanner Pearson wasn’t very promising either:
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The NHL’s rookie scoring leader is also its rookie of the month.
On Wednesday, the league announced that Calgary freshman Johnny Gaudreau took home the honors for March after putting up 16 points in 15 games, keeping the Flames afloat in the Western Conference playoff chase.
Gaudreau edged Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (4-11—15 in 16 GP), Boston Bruins teammates Ryan Spooner (7-7—14 in 15 GP) and David Pastrnak (3-10—13 in 15 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask (3-8—11 in 15 GP), and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (6-2-0, 2.50 GAA, .918 SV%) for the honor.
Gaudreau, a fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, recorded at least one point in 10 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by four multi-point efforts. Those included his fourth career multi-goal game in a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks March 11 (2-0—2) and his fourth career game-winning goal in a 5-3 triumph over the Dallas Stars March 30 (1-1—2).
Gaudreau joins Tanner Pearson (October), Filip Forsberg (November), John Klingberg (January) and Anders Lee (February) as this season’s rookie of the month winners. He also looks to be a lock as one of this year’s three Calder Trophy finalists, along with Forbsberg and Aaron Ekblad.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenseman Roland McKeown on a three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced today.
McKeown was acquired by the ‘Canes in the Andrej Sekera trade with Los Angeles. The 19-year-old was selected 50th overall by the Kings in the 2014 draft.
“We like what we’ve seen from Roland on the ice, and the leadership qualities he displays as Kingston’s captain,” GM Ron Francis said. “He was an important part of the trade we made with Los Angeles in February, and we are excited to see him continue to develop.”
McKeown had 32 points (7G, 25A) in 65 games for the Frontenacs this season.