Kings make significant cuts; 33 remain on the roster - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings made their biggest cuts of the preseason, reducing their training camp roster by 26 to 33 players.

Assigned to Ontario Reign:
Mike Amadio – F
Stepan Falkovsky – D
Kevin Gravel – D
Boko Imama – F
Zachary Leslie – D
Alex Lintuniemi – D
Matt Luff – F
Cal Petersen – G
Chaz Reddekopp – D
Matt Roy – D
Spencer Watson – F
Jeff Zatkoff – G

Assigned to Ontario Reign Training Camp (i.e., players not on Los Angeles contracts):
Jamie Devane – F
TJ Hensick – F
Sam Herr – F
Keegan Iverson – F
Sam Kurker – F
Philippe Maillet – F
Matt Marcinew – F
Matt Schmalz – F
Tomas Sholl – G
Brett Sutter – F
Sean Walker – D

Released from PTO:
Andrei Loktionov – F

Assigned to Junior Teams:
Jaret Anderson-Dolan – F (Spokane, WHL)
Kale Clague – D (Brandon, WHL)

-Teams must submit a 23-man roster that is salary cap-compliant by 2:00 p.m. PT on October 3.

-The most noteworthy of these cuts is Kevin Gravel, but in correspondence throughout the preseason, and after re-listening to a John Stevens observation from earlier in training camp, the team will look for him to continue to get stronger and more consistent in all facets of his play. This is not a knock on Gravel, nor is it any ominous referendum on his play. He’ll start out the year getting heavy reps with Ontario and should be expected to get his games in with the Kings this season.

-The team is still evaluating Matt Luff as to determine whether he’ll play in Ontario or return to AHL-Hamilton. (As a 20-year-old drafted out of major junior, he’s eligible to play in either major junior or pro hockey.) No decision has been made at this time, but the team has been very happy with his progress over the last year and a half, and the sense that I get at this moment, after consulting with hockey operations sources, is that pro hockey may be where he’s trending at the moment. He got into two games with the Reign after his Bulldogs season ended last year, notching one assist.

-Happy trails, Andrei Loktionov, and the best of luck. In two games, the 2012 Cup champion totaled one assist and averaged 12:51 of ice time. The two players on PTOs who remain are Brooks Laich and Chris Lee. ICYMI, John Stevens had some good things to say about Jaret Anderson-Dolan last night.

-33 players remain in camp. Numerically, they are Jack Campbell, Chris Lee, Christian Folin, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik*, Kyle Clifford, Michael Cammalleri, Andy Andreoff, Nick Shore, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, Derek Forbort, Brooks Laich, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jonathan Quick, Darcy Kuemper, Paul LaDue^, Adrian Kempe^, Gabe Vilardi*, Andrew Crescenzi, Oscar Fantenberg^, Michael Mersch, Austin Wagner*, Kurtis MacDermid, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jonny Brodzinski^, Jeff Carter, Alex Iafallo^ and Justin Auger. Mersch and Crescenzi technically remain on the roster as of now but will come off when they either clear waivers or are claimed tomorrow morning.

^Would not have to clear waivers

-Lead photo via David Becker/NHLI

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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.