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Roster Moves – Andersson & Moverare out, Lemieux to IR Clarke to ONT on conditional loan

Roster Moves – Andersson & Moverare out, Lemieux to IR Clarke to ONT on conditional loan

Happy Sunday, Insiders!

A few roster moves here to start our day, with the Kings heading out to Calgary this afternoon and the Ontario Reign set for a 3pm tilt on home ice against the San Diego Gulls. Three players changed hands this morning, with defenseman Jacob Moverare and forward Lias Andersson delisted from AHL-Ontario and expected to join the Kings to begin a four-game road trip. Also, forward Brendan Lemieux has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, while defenseman Brandt Clarke has been assigned to the Reign on a conditional loan, and is eligible to play for Ontario against the Gulls later today.

Joining the Kings are a pair of Swedes who made the NHL team at times last season.

Andersson, 24, has started the season at the AHL level, logging top-line minutes with Ontario alongside AHL MVP TJ Tynan. Andersson has nine points (5-4-9) in 11 games played with the Reign, also skating as part of the team’s top power play unit. Andersson has had his ups and downs with the Kings since being acquired from New York during the 2020 NHL Draft, posting eight points (4-4-8) in 43 games with the big club. At his best, Andersson is an aggressive forechecker with the ability to play with both energy and skill. Looking back at last season’s training camp, Andersson was perhaps the best visionary on the team, embodying the aggressive style of play the Kings were trying to implement. He’s also one of the organization’s best players in the shootout and scored a big goal last season in Calgary to help secure an extra point on the road. Andersson is versatile, with the ability to play on either wing or centre, making him an ideal choice to feature as a potential 13th striker.

The move with Andersson ties into Brendan Lemieux’s situation, with the winger placed on injured reserve this morning with a lower-body injury. Lemieux did not return for the third period during yesterday’s game against Detroit, with forward Todd McLellan indicating that the initial report says he could be out for “a little while.” Lemieux has carved out an effective fourth-line winger role alongside Blake Lizotte and a rotating cast of third-line mates. His physical presence and willingness to stand up for his teammates have helped his cause. In his absence, it could provide an opportunity for Jaret Anderson-Dolan to see some game action. The 23-year-old has done everything you could ask for in recent weeks despite not seeing a game, with McLellan going out of his way to praise his work ethic while not playing. Anderson-Dolan is responsible and hardworking, with the ability to play both centrally and on the wing. The kind of player you can find in a bottom six role and hope he can keep the momentum going without too much trouble.

Moverare, 24, has earned the NHL’s second record of the season. Moverare was recalled from the AHL after Alex Edler took a puck to the face during warmups in Detroit and was a healthy scratch in games against Nashville, Pittsburgh and Washington before returning to the AHL once Edler was ready to roll. Moverare has two points (0-2-2) in eight AHL games, but he’s not a player you judge by points. Moverare’s game is based on consistent, defensive play, taking care of his own end first and using his size to break up plays with his body and stick. Far from the flashiest player in the NHL, but a player you can feel confident taking on a third-pair role as the situation dictates.

As for Clarke, the 19-year-old defenseman has not played in each of the last five games for the Kings as the team has gone 4-0-1 with no lineup changes during that stretch. The Blue has collected two points (0-2-2) in nine games played with the Kings and is expected to join the Ontario Reign this afternoon for a chance to get in some action. The conditioning loan has a maximum duration of 14 days, starting the clock this afternoon. Ontario plays a total of six games during that stretch and we’ll see how the organization plans to use Clarke at the AHL level during that time. As always, it’s important to remember that these situations are fluid and what might be the “plan” today can change tomorrow. Expect Clarke to be used in a prominent role with the Reign with a chance to log more minutes than when he skated in the NHL. The Reigns are in action today against the Seagulls and then we’ll go from there. Want to see the organization’s last four first-round picks in action? Clarke, Quinton Byfield, Alex Turcotte and Tobias Bjornfot could suit up for Ontario this afternoon.

Later today, Jared Shafran will have postgame reactions to the aforementioned Ontario/San Diego matchup, and we’ll also have analysis of the recent four-game homestand that saw perfection in terms of a team’s record in the research of an unattainable perfection through his game. Heading to Calgary!



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