Kuemper gives Reign four goalies, two NHL prospects.

The Reign announced the addition of their fourth goaltender, and their second NHL-contracted player this season, Minnesota Wild prospect Darcy Kuemper.

Kuemper, 21, led all Western Hockey League goaltenders in wins (45), goals-against average (.933), save percentage (.933), and shutouts (13) in 2010-11 with the Red Deer Rebels. His 13 shutouts tied a WHL record and Red Deer posted the league’s second-best record. In seven playoff games, Kuemper went 4-3 with a 2.83 GAA and .896 save percentage as the Rebels were bounced in the second round.

At the Canadian Hockey League Awards Banquet, Kuemper won the Goaltender of the Year Award — a recognition that spans the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.

A sixth-round draft pick by the Wild in 2009, Kuemper signed his entry-level contract in May. His pro experience consists of four games with the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, in 2009-10. The Wild were affiliated with the Bakersfield Condors last season but do not have an ECHL affiliate this season. So there was likely more than one possibility as to where Kuemper would begin his first full professional season.

Kuemper is listed as 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds on ECHL.com, and 6-5, 203 on the Wild’s website. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this tonight. Kuemper is listed as the 17th-best prospect in the Minnesota organization by hockeysfuture.com.

No corresponding roster move was announced Saturday, but Dustin Carlson was not listed on the team’s roster on ECHL.com.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.
  • Bob

    How does this now affect Weslowsky and Carlson? Wont we need room on the roster if and when the other inactive guys return?

    Where do we stand now with the missing guys? Once we get through injuries, illness, immigration, we could have some really good lines to choose from. Who would be on the bubble if everyone was available?

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Looks like August Aiken was cut today rather than one of the goalies. The next game isn’t until Friday so Christie can take his time figuring out his next move. Maybe he’ll try to trade one or both ECHL-contracted goalies, or maybe he’ll keep three goalies on the active roster for the 3-in-3 weekend series.

    It’s hard to say which forwards are on the bubble, if any, but Neigum and Cloud were splitting time on the third line this weekend, for whatever that’s worth. One forward might have to go once Kraemer is healthy, but maybe not, if Christie chose to cut a defenseman or a goalie.

    The picture on defense is interesting. Once Seydoux and Starling are cleared (which could be prior to Friday), Christie could probably keep the current group of six if he wanted, but then he’d have to cut a forward and/or a goalie. But then once Bowen and Fredricks become available, two defensemen at least would probably have to go. My best guess: Start with the third pair. That means MacPhee and McPhee are the first on the bubble.

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