The Kings acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers on Feb. 8 almost out of desperation, after they had lost defensemen Matt Greene (back surgery) and Willie Mitchell (knee surgery) for extended periods of time and before they lost Alec Martinez to an upper-body injury.
Martinez missed eight games and is scheduled to play Monday against Nashville, the first of the three injured defensemen to return. Ellerby will keep his spot in the lineup and instead, Davis Drewiske will sit out.
Ellerby, 24, has proved a good find especially for the modest price of a fifth-round pick in the 2013 entry draft. The Kings like his size 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds and he has averaged 15 minutes and 28 seconds ice time in 10 games.
Hes been fine, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said after the teams morning skate in El Segundo. You know what, its sort of exactly what we talked about when we got him. Hes a big kid thats mobile and so its just the next part all the execution things.