Brodzinski, JAD, Strand to Ontario; Brickley pics and video; Rempal honored - LA Kings Insider

Several notes on a Friday recovery day:

-Jonny Brodzinski has been returned to Ontario; Oscar Fantenberg remains with the club. Brodzinski and Fantenberg got into warm-ups prior to last night’s game against Minnesota, though neither played. This comes during an important stretch with five AHL games remaining, the first two of which are a home-and-home with San Diego that opens tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena. After that, Ontario travels to Stockton next Wednesday before hosting the Heat on Friday. Their regular season concludes next Saturday in Bakersfield. Points percentage is the determining factor for playoff qualification and seeding in the AHL’s Pacific Division because the California teams play 68 games and the Texas teams play 76, so there’s plenty of jockeying to come over the next nine days. Ontario (.611) trails Tucson (.651) but leads San Diego (.587), Texas (.577), Stockton (.556), Bakersfield (.540), San Antonio (.535) and San Jose (.524). Each division uses a 1-versus-4, 2-versus-3 format, so this weekend’s games (and next week’s games) will have a significant say in both qualifying for the playoffs and having home ice advantage. This isn’t a bad spot to be in for a Reign team that lost its first six games of the season.

Meanwhile, Brodzinski has 29 points (12-17=29) in 28 games with Ontario. They could use him for these games.

As expected, the Reign will have several younger reinforcements joining the available player pool.

Photos of Strand and Anderson-Dolan:

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-Daniel Brickley earned an assist on Tobias Rieder’s second period goal during his NHL debut last night and joined the set during LA Kings Live to talk about his experience. Dion Phaneuf broke the news roughly 15 minutes before warm-ups that he’d be playing that night:

Photos of Brickley from last night’s game:

-News about another recent signee: Sheldon Rempal is a second-team East All-American.

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Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI

-Lead photo via Jonathan Kozub/NHLI

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.