Sharipzianov loaned to KHL club - LA Kings Insider

Earlier this morning, KHL-Nizhnekamsk announced the signing of Kings farmhand Damir Sharipzianov, who had been loaned to the Tatarstan-based club. Sharpizianov – or “Sharpy,” if you’re into hockey lingo – totaled three assists in 38 games with AHL-Ontario and two goals and four points in 10 games with ECHL-Manchester during his first full professional season and first season of his three-year ELC. The 21-year-old is a Nizhnekamsk native who played for the club’s junior team in the MHL during the 2012-13 season before spending three seasons with OHL-Owen Sound. He signed his ELC in the summer of 2015 after strong showings in the OHL, Russian national team camps and L.A.’s development camp.

Via Twitter’s translation tool, that reads in English, “Welcome home, Damir @Sharipzian44! Defender @LAKings our pupil Damir Sharipzjanov closest season would meet in Cleveland!” Is that a reference to Ontario having played in Cleveland during the Calder Cup semifinals last spring? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

There’s a little bit of a logjam on the Reign blue line next year, with Oscar Fantenberg, Alex Lintuniemi, Zac Leslie, Kurtis MacDermid and Matt Roy expected to battle for minutes. Leslie and MacDermid are restricted free agents in need of new contracts; the club will also inevitably sign players who will compete for spots in training camp but will almost certainly be ticketed for Ontario, as was the case with Zach Trotman this past season. Chaz Reddekopp is also an option, though as a 20-year-old, he’ll also be eligible to return to WHL-Victoria.

Sharipzianov still counts against the club’s 50 standard player contract limit. Here’s the best of luck to Sharipzianov as he returns home for the upcoming season.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.