MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have announced the release of left wing Chris Cloud and have reassigned right wing J.D. Watt to the ECHL's Ontario Reign, Manchester’s Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced today.
Cloud, 23, made his American Hockey League debut with the Monarchs on Wednesday, December 14 against the Portland Pirates. He appeared in three games for the Monarchs tallying zero points and seven penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward has skated in 22 games for the Reign this season recording 10 points (5-5=10) and 84 penalty minutes.
The Waywayseecappo, Manitoba native spent the 2010-11 season between two Central Hockey League teams. Cloud appeared in eight games for the Tulsa Oilers (CHL) recording zero points and 25 penalty minutes. He was traded to the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (CHL) and registered 13 points (2-11=13). He also set professional career-highs with 103 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in Bloomington.
Watt, 24, was recalled to the Monarchs on Tuesday, December 13 and played in two games for Manchester registering zero points and four penalty minutes. Watt’s debut in a Monarchs uniform on Wednesday, December 14, marked his 150th AHL game. In total the right wing has appeared in 151 AHL games with four different teams; the Quad City Flames, Abbotsford Heat, San Antonio Rampage and the Monarchs. The right wing has 21 points (10-11=21) and 503 penalty minutes in those 151 AHL games.
Watt has appeared in 22 games for the Reign this season recording seven points (1-6=7) and 66 penalty minutes.
The Cremona, Alberta native played in 27 games while registering four points (1-3=4), 74 penalty minutes and an AHL career-best plus-7 ratio with the Heat during the 2010-11 season. Watt also appeared in 10 games for the Rampage during the 2010-11 season recording two points (1-1=2) and 13 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound right wing tallied an AHL career-high eight goals and 267 penalty minutes while playing in 70 games for the Heat for the 2009-10 season. In those 70 games, Watt tallied 13 points (8-5=13).