Reign: Oct. 23 vs Bakersfield pregame notes - LA Kings Insider

Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate) vs Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate)

Records: ONT – 3-0-0-0; BAK – 1-2-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL)

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m. PT

Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA

Reign pre-game notes

–The Reign are playing their first AHL home game in franchise history. “I remember the crowd being great,” said defenseman Vincent LoVerde, who played two seasons with the Reign when the team was the Kings’ ECHL affiliate. “Excited to get the first one in at home. Obviously it’s a good opponent in Bakersfield so I think everyone’s pretty excited.”

–Ontario already trounced Bakersfield in the Condors’ home opener back on Oct. 10. Kris Newbury had two goals in that game.

–Behind goalie Peter Budaj, the Reign have given up just one goal through three games, tops in the league.

Scouting the opposition

–The Condors will turn to former Kings goalie Ben Scrivens tonight. It will be his first start of the season for Bakersfield, which is winless in its last three games.

–Center Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers’ top pick at No. 3 in the 2014 NHL Draft, is playing in his first AHL season after leading the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) to the Memorial Cup final a season ago. He is the highest drafted German in NHL history.

–Defenseman Brad Hunt already has six assists through four games this season.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.