Kings Gabe Vilardi scores 10 seconds int
One minute and 16 seconds into the Los Angeles Kings' game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, rookie Gabe Vilardi took to the ice for his first NHL shift. He skated away from the bench andinto the Panthers' zone, where his teammate Kurtis MacDermid was holding up the puck.Vilardi collected the puck, took one look at the Panthers' netand fired a shot that beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky onhis Russell Bodine Jersey
glove side. Ten seconds had pa sedand Vilardi had already scored his first NHL goal.Kingston, Ont. native Gabe Vilardi scores le s than 10 seconds into his first NHL shift! Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) It was a dream start to an NHL career that at times looked to be in serious jeopardy.The Kingston, Ont., native has long been a highly touted prospect. Once ranked as the No. 4 skater in North America, Vilardi was selected 11th overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Injury problems kept him from playing for Jake Fisher Jersey
the team's AHL affiliate for over a year and a half, however. The exact nature of the ailment is unknown, but it has beendescribed on several occasions as a "chronic back injury.""You could bend down wrong one day and tie your shoe and have it flare up," Kings general manager Rob Blake . "There was no specific item or specific thing that led to it. He just got up one day and was sore."The condition was serious enough that the Andre Smith Jersey
20-year-old Vilardi spent much of lastsummer doingrehab work to resolve the i sue. After going almost a year without playing a game, Vilardi returned to the ice for the Ontario Reign in November. In 32 games in the AHL, he racked up 25 points (nine goals,16 a sists). That was enough to earn him his first NHL call Darqueze Dennard Jersey
-up on Thursday.MORE: Not satisfied with just a goal inhis debut, Vilardi also registered an a sist, setting up Marty Frk in front of the net late in the second period. His Clark Harris Jersey
two points ended up beingcrucial in a hard-fought 5-4 LA win. At the end of the night, he was rightfully chosenthe game's first star.After waiting almost 18 months to watch him for the first time, Kings fanscan't wait to see him again. Luckily for them, they'll have to wait le s than 48hours, when the team takes on the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Staples Center.