This and that: Kyle Clifford, Jordan Subban, Matt Johnson, video - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Midtown Manhattan, Insiders. There are several notes and bits to pass along that weren’t originally posted at the time because of other reporting and broadcasting commitments, but just so they go in the Official LAKI Book, here they are:

KYLE CLIFFORD HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. You know this, because you saw him play 9:22 against New Jersey two nights ago. (Or, you saw him play 5:38 through two periods and thought, “You know? I’ve probably had enough of this game.”) “It was definitely good to be back, but … it’s not one we’re particularly proud of and I think this group just needs to have better starts and play that full 60,” he said Tuesday night. “We can’t get off to the starts we had.” Clifford has three goals and seven points in 12 career regular season and playoff games against the Rangers, whom the Kings face Friday.

JORDAN SUBBAN IS NOT YET AVAILABLE. Ontario has returned home after a 3-2-0 road trip through Tucson and the two Texas teams but will still be without Jordan Subban, acquired in the Nic Dowd trade, for the immediate future. (He has not yet played for the Reign.) Via correspondence with the team, Subban is out with an upper-body injury, which had been sustained while he was playing for the Utica Comets. The team was aware of the injury when it traded for him, and it was likely related to one particular incident.

There’s no firm timetable on his return, but a team source indicated that it should be roughly two more weeks before he gets going again. Nothing I’ve heard has given the indication that it’s anything particularly serious.

In their road trip finale last night, Ontario defeated Texas, 4-2, on a game-winning power play goal from Kevin Gravel with 9:02 remaining. Matt Moulson assisted on all four Reign goals and now has seven assists and a plus-three rating in three games since joining the club. Michael Amadio had a goal and an assist and now has three goals and six points over a personal three-game point streak.

A HARROWING STORY ABOUT FORMER KINGS FORWARD MATT JOHNSON. One of the more sobering stories this season is this work from TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead and TSN Feature Producer Matt Cade about the former Los Angeles enforcer.

-Lead photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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.