Four days after JP Cote became the first Reign player recalled to the American Hockey League, defensemen Dylan Yeo and Mike Montgomery found out they will be joining him soon. On Tuesday, Yeo was loaned to the Oklahoma City Barons and Montgomery to the St. John’s IceCaps.
When healthy, Yeo and Montgomery skated on the same pair and played significant minutes for the Reign. Yeo, the team captain, provided the speed and the offense (one goal and eight assists in eight games). Montgomery added size and the physical presence around the net. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound rookie was scoreless with a minus-4 rating through 14 games.
Yeo missed six straight games with a groin injury before returning
Friday, a game that was attended by scouts for both the Winnipeg Jets
and Edmonton Oilers. The IceCaps are a Jets affiliate and the Barons
are an Oilers affiliate.
How long Yeo and Montgomery will be gone is tough to say. Edmonton and
Winnipeg have been decimated by injuries on the blue line at the NHL
level, but history has shown that both players could earn a longer look
in the AHL depending on how well they play.
The good news for the Reign is that their next game is not until
Saturday at Bakersfield. That could give time for defensemen Philippe
Seydoux (flu) and Adrian Van de Mosselaer (mononucleosis) to be declared
fit to play. Seydoux has missed the last three games, while Van de
Mosselaer has not played in a game this season. Reign coach Jason
Christie said Saturday that Van de Mosselaer “is ready to go anytime.”
Defenseman Jason Fredricks, who hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury, also remains on IR.