May 3: Reign vs. Gulls series notebook - LA Kings Insider

A few bits and pieces from around the SoCal AHL landscape today.

–The Reign have officially added center Matt Leitner back on the roster. Leitner, who was with the team from late February to early April, recently finished his season with the Manchester Monarchs. In 15 appearances with the Reign this season, the Los Alamitos, Calif., native had no goals, four assists and a plus-1 plus/minus rating.

With Manchester, the 25-year-old Leitner had 49 points (12 goals, 37 assists) in 51 games.

Leitner comes in to help provide center depth as the Reign continue to deal with lingering injuries to Brett Sutter and Ryan Horvat. Andrew Crescenzi missed Game 3 of the San Jose series due to injury, but did return in Game 4.

–While Gulls starting goalie Anton Khudobin is reportedly day-to-day after suffering an injury in Game 4 of their opening series vs. Texas, Matt Hackett is waiting in the wings as the potential starter for Thursday’s Game 1 in Ontario.

On Tuesday he joined the Mighty 1090 in San Diego to discuss coming in for Khudobin in last Saturday’s win and what the key will be for the Gulls against the Reign:

–San Diego coach Dallas Eakins also joined the Mighty 1090 on Monday night and talked about the matchup, saying the two teams “firmly hate each other,” that he expects it to be a “long series.” He also spoke highly of the Reign and their experience but believes the series will be an even one. Click here to listen to the full audio, it gives good insight into Eakins’ perspective.

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.