The offseason is in full swing and with that, the 2018-19 Ontario Reign roster begins to take shape. Players will join the Reign in a variety of different ways, whether they are assigned by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, sign with the Reign directly or are assigned by another NHL team. The makeup of an AHL roster is not as black and white as it is at the NHL level. Unlike the NHL, there is no salary cap or roster limit in the AHL and, in many situations, AHL players are signed only to one-year contracts. Therefore, the makeup of a roster at this level can take more time to develop.
We take a look below at the status of 2017-18 Ontario Reign players, as well as new players signed by the Kings and Reign during the 2018 offseason.
These players all played with the Reign during the 2017-18 season or were acquired via trade by the Kings during the 2018 offseason. All players on this list are signed with the Los Angeles Kings to NHL contracts for the 2018-19 season. Unless marked with an asterisk, these players are all eligible to play for Los Angeles and Ontario during the 2018-19 season.
Peter Budaj (Acquired from Tampa Bay on 6/13)
* - Not AHL Eligible for 2018-19 season until his juniors season has completed
These players all played with the Reign during the 2017-18 season and are signed to an AHL contract with Ontario for the 2018-19 season.
All players on this list have signed or re-signed with Los Angeles and are eligible to play for Ontario during the 2018-19 season.
Oscar Fantenberg (Re-Signed 5/17/18)
Paul LaDue (Re-Signed 7/14/18)
Kurtis MacDermid (Re-Signed 7/15/18)
Zack Mitchell (Signed 7/14/18)
Sean Walker (Signed NHL ELC 7/3/18)
All players on this list have signed or re-signed an AHL contract with Ontario and are eligible to play for the Reign during the 2018-19 season.
Sam Herr (Re-Signed 7/19/18)
Philippe Maillet (Re-Signed 7/19/18)
All players on this list did not skate with the Reign a season ago but are eligible to begin their professional career in the NHL, AHL or ECHL this season. All players on this list are signed to NHL contracts with the Kings.
Matt Moulson was assigned to Ontario by the NHL's Buffalo Sabres a season ago. As it currently stands, Moulson is eligible to return to Ontario if he is assigned by Buffalo.
All players on this list are restricted free agents, meaning that they are not under contract but are under team control by the Kings. These players would be eligible to play for Ontario once signed to NHL contracts with the Kings.
All 2018 restricted free agents have been signed by Los Angeles
All players on this list are currently unrestricted free agents and must sign an NHL deal with Los Angeles or an AHL deal with Ontario to play for the Reign during the 2018-19 season.
Justin Auger - Invited to Calgary Flames Training Camp, still UFA
These players have signed with another organization in North America and are uneligible to play for the Reign this season.
Andrew Crescenzi (HC Bolzano, EBEL)
Kevin Gravel (Edmonton Oilers, NHL)
Matt Marcinew (Manchester Monarchs, ECHL)
Michael Mersch (Dallas Stars, NHL)
Matt Schmalz (Wichita Thunder, ECHL)
Jordan Subban (Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
Scott Wedgewood (Buffalo Sabres, NHL)