Tim Kraus re-signs.

Center Tim Kraus has re-signed with the Reign.

The 23-year-old from Garden Grove was second on the team in scoring last season, with 53 points (16 goals, 37 assists) in 70 games. He also collected 68 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating while seeing time on both the power play and the penalty kill.

Kraus said Thursday that he’s confident he will be able to rebound from a slow start that saw him score two goals in his first 20 games last year. Even after a disappointing season that saw the Reign miss the playoffs entirely, Kraus said there was no place he’d rather play.

“Pretty much as soon as last season ended I knew I’d be coming back, unless I was offered something in a better league. I didn’t see that happening after this year. I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to go up (to the AHL) last year. I don’t have an agent as well. I just felt it wouldn’t be my time – I haven’t had that experience yet,” he said.

More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.