Mersch assigned to Ontario; eligible for AHL playoffs - LA Kings Insider

Michael Mersch was assigned to AHL-Ontario on Monday in an expected move that allows for the forward to play in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs if needed. The deadline for players to become AHL playoff eligible was earlier today, so you saw plenty of “paper transactions” in the lead-up to the deadline.

At the moment, there are a few too many forwards to go around for the Kings, so it would not be a surprise to see Mersch return to regular action with the Reign. Los Angeles traded for Kris Versteeg on Sunday, which gives them 14 total forwards on the active roster. Jordan Nolan is also eligible to come off injured reserve at any time, though he has not skated with the team as he remains out with an upper-body injury that the team continues to evaluate.

In 17 games with the Kings, the 23-year-old Mersch has one goal, three points and a plus-one rating. In 34 games with the Reign, Mersch has 19 goals, 28 points and a plus-six rating. After a strong showing in training camp, the former Wisconsin Badger has been up and down with Los Angeles this season, having been recalled from December 9 to 23, December 26 to January 15 and February 20 to 29.

Los Angeles returns to action Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, while Ontario travels to San Antonio for games on Sunday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 9.

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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.