April 18 (brief!) practice notes: MacDermid, Trotman getting closer - LA Kings Insider

A few tidbits from today’s very limited practice. Most of the Reign’s regulars were not skating and head coach Mike Stothers gave the ice to the Kings development staff, including Nelson Emerson, Glen Murray and Sean O’Donnell.

–Of note, defensemen Kurtis MacDermid and Zach Trotman are now skating in the customary black practice jerseys that Reign defensemen wear at practice. That’s good news as both are looking to return from upper-body injuries in time for Friday night’s series opener in San Diego. Trotman has not played since Nov. 12 while MacDermid missed the last nine games of the regular season.

–Center Andrew Crescenzi continues to wear red no-contact apparel as he works to come back from an undisclosed injury. He stayed out for extra skating work on his own once most of the group had gone back to the locker room.

–Goalie Jack Campbell received his plaque from winning the AHL Player of the Week award two weeks ago. He was one of the lone regulars spotted in the rink today.

–Forward Keegan Iverson was added on an ATO on Monday and took the ice with his new teammates today. The 21-year-old appeared in 55 games with WHL-Portland Winterhawks, scoring 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists). Iverson, a native of St. Louis Park, Minn., was selected by the New York Rangers in third round (85 overall) of the 2014 draft. With Ontario he’ll wear jersey No. 13.

–The Reign announced shortly before 2 p.m. PT that goalie Jonah Imoo has been released from his PTO. The Reign are now carrying three goalies in Jeff Zatkoff, Jack Flinn and Campbell for the postseason.

–A complete preview for the Reign-Gulls first round matchup and the keys to the series will be posted in the coming days. Had chats today with Stothers, Campbell and Joel Lowry so more to come.

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


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Handedness: Left


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Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


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