At #16 on our list of Top 25 Under 25 (years old) in the Kings organization, Kevin Gravel didn't have much in the way of job security. After landing an AHL-only deal, though, Gravel eventually became a fixture in the Manchester lineup. After a Calder Cup run in which Gravel appeared in every game, he finally got a full contract from the Los Angeles Kings.
The news was broken on a wider scale by Jon Rosen, but the original reveal came from the Macko and Cauz show on TSN Radio. Yesterday, they interviewed Paul Bissonnette to discuss his old Coyotes squad and his current Monarchs squad. When asked about guys he was particularly happy for in the Manchester dressing room after the Calder Cup win, Bissonnette responded:
"One that stands out would probably be Kevin Gravel. He was drafted by the Kings and I think he had a really tough last year of college and they ended up, I think, signing him just to an American [Hockey] League deal. And since I've been here, he was by far the most improved and I found out yesterday the team actually re-upped him and gave him a max contract with a signing bonus for two years. I was ecstatic for him because he deserved it and that was something he missed out on because he had a tough last year of college... they didn't necessarily have to give him that signing bonus but he earned it and they went out and did that, and that just says all you need to know about Dean and the staff in LA."
Great way to top off an already great year.