Los Angeles Kings Call Up Adrian Kempe

His agent has confirmed, although the team has not.

Yesterday, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period ensured that the last couple days of the bye week would give us something to talk about...

The rest of the day went with no further news from the team or any additional outlets, but this morning, agent Claes Elefalk added his own two cents, which seems to confirm that he’s on his way to LA.

This isn’t the most surprising call-up LA could have made, but it’s interesting solely because Kempe is young, at 20 years and 154 days old. By the Kings’ standards, he’s... like... REALLY young.

Kempe is different than most of the other players who have made the leap from the AHL to the NHL for the Kings recently, though. He’s the highest pick the Kings have had since 2010 (new teammate Derek Forbort), and he brings a tantalizing dose of offensive skill that few others on the Kings possess. The AHL stats haven’t caught up with his abilities yet, and while he has seen an slight increase in goalscoring rate (tied for second on the team), he’s actually racking up fewer points than he did last season.

But Kempe could be put in a position to succeed with the Kings, given that he’s essentially replacing Devin Setoguchi. If he cracks the lineup, it seems likely that he’ll end up in the top nine, and if he’s REALLY lucky he might get some shifts with Anze Kopitar. He already appears to be taking a few tricks from #11.

No word on whether Kempe will make his debut tomorrow against Arizona.

[EDIT: It’s official, and it looks like he will make his debut.]