Carl Grundstrom - Featured Prospect
What a 12-day spell it was for Carl Grundstrom.
The second-year forward was assigned to the Reign on Friday, October 18, and scored two goals in his Ontario debut the following afternoon in San Jose.
Fast forward to the following week and Grundstrom scored again in Bakersfield on Wednesday, found the back of the net twice on Friday in San Diego and added two assists the next night against the Gulls at home.
And to top it all off, Grundstrom earned a recall back to the NHL this week.
"Carl has a lethal shot," Ontario Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers said about Grundstrom. "It's heavy, and he has a quick release. He shoots in stride, he tips pucks and he goes to the net, that's what a goal scorer does. He is very strong on the puck and is a thick, sturdy body for the opposition to try and contend with. He is an added threat and makes the most of his chances."
Despite playing in just four games with Ontario, Grundstrom ranked tied for seventh in the AHL in goals (5) and tied for fifth with a +8 rating.
Grundstrom was excited to be back in the lineup on a regular basis with the Reign, where he saw plenty of ice time, and now heads back to the Kings for his second opportunity of the season.
"It felt like I was at the right spot at the right time and the pucks were coming to me, too," Grundstrom told LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen. "I found a way to score two, and I thought I was working hard and winning a lot of battles, so it was good."
Forward Arthur Kaliyev has lit the OHL ablaze this season - Kaliyev has collected a point in 13 of his 15 games played with Hamilton this season and the 18-year-old has tallied 28 points (15-13-28) in total with the Bulldogs.
The Kings' second-round selection in the most recent edition of the NHL Entry Draft ranks second in the OHL in both goals and points and leads the league in shots on goal.
Kaliyev has scored nearly 30 percent of his team's goals, and has collected a point on 55 percent of Hamilton's goals this season.
Ontario Reign goaltender Cal Petersen has been a workhorse through the team's first eight games. Petersen has started each Ontario game to date and has posted a 6-1-1 record for both himself and the Reign on the season.
Petersen's totals have made waves across the AHL as well - The Notre Dame product leads all AHL netminders in wins, minute played, shots faced and saves.
Petersen has a 2.32 goals against average and a .937 save percentage, and should be a strong contender for the AHL's Goaltender of the Month award for October.
Assigned to Ontario along with Grundstrom, defenseman Tobias Bjornfot also made his presence known in the Reign lineup with four points from his first four AHL games played.
Bjornfot scored his first career professional goal, at any level, in a Reign victory on October 19 in San Jose, and also tallied a week later in the 3-2 win over San Diego.
Bjornfot has posted a +7 rating through four games played, good for third highest on the Reign this season behind Grundstrom and defenseman Paul LaDue (+8).
Forward Akil Thomas has joined Kaliyev in lighting up the OHL - Thomas has collected two or more points in four of his last five games played and has tallied an assist in six straight games, dating back to October 17.
Despite appearing in just 12 games this season, Thomas is tied for eighth in the OHL in assists and ranks tied for 14th in points. Thomas is also tied for fourth across the league with eight power-play assists.
Forward Matt Luff scored in all three Ontario Reign games this past week, with all going down as Reign victories. Luff tallied in wins over Bakersfield and San Diego on Wednesday and Friday and followed up with the game-winning goal on Saturday against the Gulls, as he tallied with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to break a two-all deadlock.
Luff has now amassed seven points (3-4-7) on the season from seven games played - The 6-3 winger also leads all Ontario skaters with 27 shots on goal this season.
Forward Aidan Dudas leads the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in assists (14) and points (18) so far this season, and is a +10 through 12 games played.
The fourth-round selection of the Kings in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has collected multiple points in back-to-back games and has tallied five points (1-4-5) over his last three games played in total. With a goal and two assists last time out, Dudas has now collected three or more points three times on the season.