BUDAJ, WATSON RETURN TO ONTARIOOct 18, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, have announced a series of roster moves. Los Angeles has assigned goaltender Peter Budaj to Ontario, and has reassigned forward Spencer Watson to Ontario from the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs. Additionally, the Kings have reassigned goaltender Cole Kehler and defenseman Austin Strand from Ontario to Manchester.
The 36-year-old Budaj (born Sept. 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia who has appeared in one game this season for Ontario, earning the win, posting a .833 save percentage and a 4.88 goals-against average. Budaj also appeared in one NHL contest with Los Angeles, stopping 10-of-11 shots in 30 minutes of relief action on October 13.
The 22-year-old Watson (born Apr. 25, 1996) is a 5-10, 170-pound native of London ONT. Watson has amassed two points (1-1=2) from two games played with Manchester this season and has appeared in 11 career AHL games with Ontario, collecting two points (1-1=2). Originally selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by Los Angeles, Watson has amassed 47 points (26-21=47) from 50 career ECHL games.
The 20-year-old Kehler (born Dec. 17, 1997) is a 6-4, 205-pound native of Altona, MAN. Kehler, who has yet to make his professional debut, previously appeared in 141 games in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers over the past four seasons, posting a 66-51-9 record, a .899 save percentage and a 3.31 goals against average.
The 21-year-old Strand (born Feb. 17, 1997) is a 6-4, 216-pound native of Calgary, AB. Strand has yet to make his professional debut after he signed an entry-level contract with the Kings last season. A season ago, Strand totaled the second most goals in the WHL by a defenseman and amassed 64 points (25-39=64) with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He concluded his major-junior career with 122 points (40-82=122) from 268 games played.
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