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Michael Mersch, Andrew Crescenzi Clear Waivers; Assigned to Ontario (AHL)

The two forwards signed one-year contract extensions in the offseason and will report to the Ontario Reign

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have announced the following player transactions:

Assigned to Ontario Reign (AHL)
  • Andrew Crescenzi - F
  • Michael Mersch - F


The two players cleared waivers and will report to Ontario.

Mersch signed a one-year, two-way contract extension in July.

The forward is a 24-year-old (born Oct. 2, 1992) 6-2, 213-pound native of Park Ridge, Illinois appeared in 48 regular-season games this past season with the AHL Ontario Reign, recording 33 points (16-17=33) and 46 penalty minutes.

He missed half of January and all of February with a knee injury. He also appeared in all five postseason games for the Reign, registering three points (0-3=3). He tied for the team-lead in assists and tied for third on the team in points.

A fourth-round (110th overall) selection of the Kings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Mersch has appeared in 183 regular-season AHL games, posting 124 points (64-60=124), a plus-37 rating and 99 penalty minutes.

He has also played in 40 postseason games, recording 32 points (15-17=32), a plus-14 rating and 14 penalty minutes.

During Manchester's 2015 Calder Cup championship run, Mersch tied for the league-lead in points and ranked second in the league in goals (first among rookies).

Mersch also made his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season with the Kings, posting three points (1-2=3) in 17 games.

Crescenzi also signed a one-year, two-way contract extension in July. The 25-year-old (born July 29, 1992) is a 6-5, 207-pound native of Thornhill, Ontario who appeared in 56 games last season with the Reign, posting 15 points (7-8=15) and 57 penalty minutes.

He was out at the end of the regular-season and missed the entire postseason with an injury.

Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brandon Kozun on Jan. 22, 2014, Crescenzi has appeared in 240 regular-season AHL games, posting 58 points (22-36=58) and 231 penalty minutes. He has also played in 30 postseason games, and helped Manchester lift the Calder Cup during the 2015 AHL playoffs.

The Kings now have 31 players remaining on their 2017 Training Camp roster. 

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