Kings trim roster by 15 in advance of Ontario's camp - LA Kings Insider

The Kings trimmed their roster by 15 players on Monday, assigning forwards Michael Amadio, Justin Auger, Patrick Bjorkstrand and Joel Lowry, and defensemen Erik Cernak, Alex Lintuniemi and Damir Sharipzianov to the Ontario Reign, and assigning players under AHL contracts, including forwards Sean Backman, Paul Bissonnette, Justin Gutierrez, T.J. Hensick, Sam Herr and Brett Sutter, goaltender Jack Flinn, and tryout Lucas Lessio to the Reign’s training camp. Ontario’s training camp begins Tuesday morning, while Los Angeles concludes its preseason schedule with games against Dallas and Colorado in Las Vegas next weekend.

The roster moves leave 40 players on the active roster, though goaltenders Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell, forward Andrew Crescenzi and defenseman Vincent LoVerde will be added to Ontario’s roster tomorrow should they clear waivers.

There’s no great deal of surprise here, though Lessio, from what I’ve inferred – I actually haven’t seen him in person because of the split-squads – had a strong showing and would have an opportunity to earn an AHL contract.

The bigger news is who isn’t among the cuts: Devin Setoguchi. In speaking with hockey operations this week, I got the sense that there is a real shot for Setoguchi to earn a place on the roster as the team could benefit from his particular skill set in the absence of Marian Gaborik. It was explained that Setoguchi couldn’t have any “let-up” from the standout camp and preseason that he’s had thus far; in addition to his first period hammer from the top of the right circle in the win over Anaheim last Wednesday, he also forced an impressive turnover before issuing a slick pass to Adrian Kempe, nearly earning an assist when Kempe hit the inside of the post. It would make for an impressive story, given the personal challenges Setoguchi has emerged from over the past two years, and that he was more of a longshot to make the roster at the start of camp.

Kempe, who would be considered a slightly longer shot to make the roster, but could serve as a mid-season call-up, survived this round of roster trimming as well.

I’m tied up with a family engagement at the moment but will share some additional details on a Kings Men Podcast that we’re taping tonight. Rich Hammond is scheduled to share a Rams Report! We hope you’ll be able to tune in.

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.