As the Reign prepare to kickoff a pair of back-to-back games in Ontario this weekend, their roster is in more flux than at any point in recent memory.
Here’s a quick recap before we get into what the lineup will likely look like tonight:
— After missing missing the past three games, Alex Turcotte is ready to return tonight.
— Gabe Vilardi, who the Kings want playing exclusively at wing in Ontario, was forced to play a game at center last weekend with Turcotte out and Jaret Anderson-Dolan up in the NHL. Vilardi is now moving back to the wing.
— JAD is back with the Reign. However, he’ll likely play wing tonight (which we believe is the first time he hasn’t lined up at center this season).
— Akil Thomas is still sidelined after blocking a shot last Friday vs. San Diego. If he sits out, it would be his second consecutive game on the sidelines.
— Defenseman Helge Grans has joined Team Sweden for the World Junior Championships. He’s not the only defenseman missing, though. Christian Wolanin joined the Kings on Sunday for their four-game road trip. Then, earlier today, LA also called up Jacob Moverare and Jordan Spence (in part, to protect against Drew Doughty entering protocol on Thursday).
— As if that’s not bad enough, Austin Strand was in protocol earlier this week. We’re assuming he won’t be available tonight.
— Reign GM Rich Seeley has been active this week, adding a few players to tryout contracts:
With Wolanin up and Grans off to World Juniors, Ontario Reign will be adding Blake Siebenaler on a PTO:
— Drafted by CBJ in '14, 6-2, R shot
– has largely played AHL since turning pro in 2016
— this will be his 3rd AHL stop this season, after short stints w/ Belleville & HSK
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 15, 2021
Ontario Reign are adding another defenseman on a PTO.
Michael Prapavessis is a 6-foot-2, left shot defender. Originally drafted by Dallas out of college. He's split time in AHL/ECHL — including playing for Smurf with the Jacksonville Icemen.
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 17, 2021
Based upon line rushes at practice on Thursday, tonight’s forward pairings are probably close to what the Reign will roll out. Given the myriad of movement on defense, we’re somewhat making an educated guess based upon the available parts. One thing we have confirmed, though, is that forward Adam Johnson will see time on the blueline — which has to be killing Thomas because he’s been begging to get a game in on D.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. SAN JOSE BARRACUDA on 12/17
Tkachev – Tynan – Frk
JAD – Byfield – Fagemo
Madden – Turcotte – Vilardi
Wagner – Sutter – Dudas
Other options include: Burke, Doty, Sodergran, and Thomas
Phillips – Siebenaler
Gaunce – Kasastul
Prapavessis – Johnson
Other options include: N/A
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm tonight in Ontario and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
Lead photo via Daniel Stopani
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