Alexis Gravel; a name you might know if you follow junior hockey but if not then you might want to read up on him.
The “thinnest” position in the Los Angeles Kings pipeline is goaltending and Gravel is available for the taking.
Gravel, a former 6th round pick (162 overall) in the 2018 NHL draft, was not given a contract by the Blackhawks and is currently a free agent. Gravel, 6-3 and 222 pounds, is known for his time with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QJMHL.
He has been selected to the 16-17 QMJHL All-Rookie team, 18-19 CHL Memorial Cup All-Star team, the 18-19 CHL Memorial Cup Most Outstanding Goaltender. Also, he recorded 33 wins for the Mooseheads.
The Kings have Lukas Parik and Jacob Ingham as their two main prospects between the pipes, however, they may not be ready for Ontario for a season or two.
Gravel is seasoned and ready to go. He could step right into the Ontario Reign net and be the #1 goaltender when the season starts. He knows how to win, plays the angles well for his size, is quick, has good reflexes for a big goalie. The Kings could take a flyer on him and see if it works out, giving up nothing for his services.
Gravel would be a nice addition to the Kings organization and would help the younger prospects adapt. He has a well-rounded game and is a big goaltender, something the Kings do not have in their goaltending prospects. Parik and Ingham are still big prospects but they may take time to get adjusted. Parik or Ingham could end up in Ontario next season.
What are your thoughts on this situation: Would the Kings be smart to add Gravel or go with what they have in the organization?
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