Tom Gilbert

Kings' defenseman Kevin Gravel is taking his latest challenge in stride

Kings' defenseman Kevin Gravel is taking his latest challenge in stride

It has been nearly a year since Kevin Gravel made his NHL debut, which came in the middle of a season spent shuttling between the Kings and their American Hockey League farm team in Ontario, Calif. 

Now the 24-year-old defenseman is firmly on the Kings’ roster, but he has yet to secure an unquestioned spot in Coach Darryl Sutter’s lineup. He has two assists in 26 games and is averaging 13 minutes and 48 seconds of ice time when he does play. He also made 11 appearances in December, has recently been paired with Brayden McNabb and even gotten time on the Kings’ power play. 

But Gravel was scratched in favor of Matt Greene in a win over the...

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