Gauthier Out; Williams, Drewiske In

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 20, the Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier will miss the next one to two weeks with an “upper body injury,” believed to be a hand injury. They also activated winger Justin Williams from injured reserve and have recalled defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate.

Williams, 27, was acquired on March 4 in the three-way deal that sent winger Patrick O’Sullivan to the Edmonton Oilers via the Carolina Hurricanes.

Williams suffered a broken hand on February 15 and has missed fifteen games, seven of those with the Kings.

For more on Williams, click on: Lombardi Gambles Big Time At The Trade Deadline.

Drewiske, 24, played in five games this season with the Kings from February 2-15, recording two penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating.

In 61 games with the Monarchs this season, the 6-2, 215-pound native of Hudson, Wisconsin has scored goal and has contributed thirteen assists for 14 points with 95 penalty minutes and a +5 rating.

Drewiske was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 1, 2008.

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