TRADE - Kings acquire Matheson Iacopelli in exchange for Spencer Watson - LA Kings Insider

The big trade news you’ve all been waiting for!

Well, it is trade news. For the second time this season, the Kings and Blackhawks have made a minor move. The Kings have acquired forward Matheson Iacopelli in exchange for forward Spencer Watson. From the Kings official press release –

The 24-year-old Iacopelli (born May 15, 1994) is a 6-2, 207-pound native of Woodhaven, Mich. who has appeared in 85 regular-season games over the last three years with Rockford of the American Hockey League, posting 27 points (14-13=27) and 29 penalty minutes. He has also played in nine games this season with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, where he has posted four goals (4-0=4) and four penalty minutes.

Watson, on the other hand, was scoreless from two AHL games with Ontario this season and collected two points (1-1-2) from 13 career games with the Reign. The 5-11 forward has been a top ECHL player with Manchester over the last two seasons, with 92 points (47-45-92) from 95 games with the Monarchs.

Via Cap Friendly, both players are restricted free agents at the end of the 2018-19 season. The move provides a change of scenery for both players, who were unable to establish themselves as regulars on their respective AHL clubs with the organizations that drafted them. In the event that Carl Grundstrom or Matt Luff is recalled by the Kings, Iacopelli could provide the Reign with another forward to help fill the void.

via Adirondack Thunder

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.