LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings announced that they have agreed to terms with free agent center Connor James and have recalled him from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
The Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Kings of the NHL and the Monarchs of the AHL.
The 23-year-old James has 22 points (9g-13a) and a plus-minus rating of +10 in 33 games with Manchester.
Selected in the ninth round (279th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, James played 14 games with Manchester as a rookie in 2004-05, recording three points (2g-1a) and 10 penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-10 and 170-pound James spent the majority of his first professional season in the ECHL with Bakersfield and he tied for the ECHL rookie lead with four shorthand goals and six shorthand points while ranking third among league rookies in plus-minus rating with +25. Selected to the ECHL All-Star Game, James had 46 points (21g-25a) in 51 regular season games and four points (3g-1a) in five Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Condors.