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Los Angeles Kings Player Update: Willie Mitchell, Colin Fraser, Jonathan Quick

December 19th, 2013 at 4:45 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

There are two players on the injured reserve for the Los Angeles Kings, Colin Fraser and Jonathan Quick, and defenseman Willie Mitchell may soon join the list.

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;

It’s possible that Fraser will become active before Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks and Willie Mitchell will go on the injured reserve.

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

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 only joined the team once at practice this week at Toyota Sports Center. Sutter described the illness to be form the hit he took. It was later announced that he had a upper-body injury.

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

Jonathan Quick skated twice at the Toyota Sports Center while the team was in Eastern Canada. When the team returned he also took some shots during this weeks practices.

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.

Tags: Colin Fraser, Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Willie Mitchell

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