Left wing Jon Rheault has been signed by the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat.
A pair of 20-year-olds coming off their junior seasons – Irvine native C.J. Stretch and recent Kings draft pick Jordan Nolan – have been added to the Reign’s roster.
Rheault has 19 goals and 34 points in 28 games for the Reign this season, and has already enjoyed stints in the AHL with Providence and Manchester. In 13 games in March, he had nine goals and 18 points. The speedy winger is also the Reign’s top penalty killer and has a plus-7 rating this season.
Head coach Karl Taylor said Monday that Rheault’s recall represents “a big loss. But we would anticipate Jon Rheault joining us in Vegas for our last three games.”
More certain is the presence of Stretch and Nolan, who have been signed to amateur tryout agreements.
Stretch ranked 17th in the Western Hockey League in scoring with 81 points (30 goals) in 68 games for the Kamloops Blazers this season. A 5-foot-11, 195-pound center, Stretch began playing roller hockey before moving to ice, and eventually gaining stardom with the California Wave.
The son of former NHL head coach Ted Nolan, Jordan Nolan was drafted in the seventh round (189th overall) of the 2009 draft by the Kings. Listed at 6-3 and 216 pounds, the power forward had 23 goals and 48 points in 49 games this season for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Both Stretch and Nolan took part in their first practice with the Reign on Monday.
More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.