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Los Angeles Kings Injured Reserve Player Update

December 17th, 2013 at 12:34 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis may have been activated from the injured reserve and back in the line-up, but Colin Fraser and Jonathan Quick remain on the injured reserve and Willie Mitchell is reported to be “ill”.

Coach Darryl Sutter said Colin Fraser is following “protocol” when he missed practice in suburban Toronto, Thursday. Fraser missed the game against Ottawa and Chicago, but skated at United Center Sunday morning. Monday morning at Toyota Sports Center he was last to arrive on the ice for practice and participated in the full 30-plus minutes. Fraser was out due to an upper-body injury suspected of being a concussion, from a hit by Frazer McLaren of the Toronto Maple Leafs, during the second period of the game where he was helped off the ice.

Fraser told Jon Rosen of, “It was nice. I mean, it hasn’t been that many days, but it was long enough,” Fraser said after the 30-plus minute practice. “I was feeling pretty good. I mean, obviously I didn’t look good on the ice, but for whatever reason, even that night and the next day I felt no symptoms really, but with the protocol and the safety, which is obviously a good thing, I’m not complaining, it just takes a little longer.”

So what is the “protocol?” It’s the process used for identifying head injuries and indicates a player’s progress for the player to make a healthy return. Fraser described the process as a series of memory testing questions, words to remember, shapes to remember and draw, etc;

Fraser has one assist, a minus-3 rating, and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games this season.

Jonathan Quick skated twice at the Toyota Sports Center while the team was in Eastern Canada.

Sutter told Jon Rosen of, “He’s practicing with his gear, but he’s not really to the point where there’s anything other than movement. It’s all he’s doing. I’m just being really cautious with it until he’s pain free.

The estimated return of the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner is projected to be Christmas but there is no official date to when he will be activated.

Quick hasn’t played since suffering a grade two groin injury during the overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo against the Buffalo Sabres on November 12. H has played 16 games, 10-5-0, with a Goals Against Average of 2.35 and a Save Percentage of .905. This is Quick’s first year playing in his10-year, 58-million dollar contract.

Willie Mitchell suffered a hit with 3:22 remaining in the first period on Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, from Chris Neil. Mitchell left the ice and headed to the Kings dressing room. He returned and played a good amount of minutes but in the third period it was announced his return was uncertain and the injury was upper-body. In the game against Chicago the LA Times reported that Mitchell will not play because he is “ill” and he did not join the team at practice on Monday morning at Toyota Sports Center.

Sutter described the illness to be form the hit he took. He said that at their morning meeting Mitchell was sick so they told him to stay in the hotel. Often symptoms such as nausea and vomiting could be a result of a concussion.

In 33 games this season Mitchell has four assists and a plus-6 rating.

Tags: Colin Fraser, Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Matt Greene, NHL, Trevor Lewis, Willie Mitchell

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