Introducing Carl Grundstrom - LA Kings Insider

This morning’s Ontario Reign practice marked the organizational debut for forward Carl Grundstrom, who was acquired as a part of Monday’s Jake Muzzin trade. Grundstrom hopped onto a line with Matt Moulson and Philippe Maillet at today’s skate and brings 29 points (13-16-29) from 43 games as a rookie this season with the Toronto Marlies. While Grundstrom, as to be expected, admitted he was taken aback at first by the trade, he showed obvious excitement in his responses and general expressions in his interview, about his opportunity with the Kings.

“I was a little bit shocked, of course,” he said, when asked about his initial reactions to hearing he was traded. “Otherwise, it’s just pack your stuff and get out of there. Kyle Dubas called me, he let me know and after that, Rob [Blake] called me too.”

Grundstrom gives the Reign some added depth at a time when three forwards – Mike Amadio, Austin Wagner and Matt Luff – have all been recalled by the Kings in advance of their upcoming Eastern Conference road trip. The bonus for Ontario with this transaction is that they gain a player that could become a key contributor, while not losing a player in the process, as usually happens when a player is added to the roster through a callup/assignment with the Kings.

Grundstrom is set to skate in his first game with Ontario tomorrow evening in San Diego, while the Reign return home the following evening for what could be Grundstrom’s home debut in Ontario against the Bakersfield Condors (with his first specialty jersey available that night as well!). Note that tomorrow’s game is the AHL’s Free Facebook Game of the Week, if fans want a first look at the organization’s newest skater.


On whether he had ever been to California before this week
Yeah, one time before I had been here in LA. It’s a nice spot for sure.

On the weather difference between Los Angeles and Toronto
Yeah, it was freezing in Toronto, so it was nice to come out here in the sun. It feels great.

On his own game and what he brings on the ice
I think I play fast and hard. I like to score and be creative with the puck as well.

On his experience on his Calder Cup run last season with the Marlies
It was really cool for sure. We had a great team there, had a good run, it was really a nice experience. Obviously it was really fun to win the Calder Cup.

On whether he knows anyone in the Kings organization, perhaps fellow Swede Adrian Kempe
Yeah, I played with Adrian Kempe at MODO and with the national team. I know him, and I also played one or two games on the national team with Fantenberg as well, I know him a little bit too.

On the prospects of joining anew organization with the Kings, and possibly a clearer path to the NHL
Hopefully, I think I’ve got a good opportunity here. I’ve just got to play well and play my best and keep working. Hopefully, I’ll have a good shot here.

On whether he spoke with former Reign captain and current Toronto Marlie Vincent LoVerde about Ontario
Yeah – I haven’t talked to him after I got traded, but when we played in the same organization, he said it was good here and that he enjoyed it a lot to play here. It was a great spot, he said.

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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.