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

December 20th, 2013 at 12:41 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings, Colin Fraser was activated from the injured reserve, Jonathan Quick remains on long-term injured reserve, and defenseman Willie Mitchell may soon join the list.

Fraser was activated from the injured reserve (upper-body) on Thursday, before the Kings took on the San Jose Sharks, beating them 4-1. He skated on the fourth line with Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. Due to Fraser being activated, Linden Vey was sent back to the Manchester Monarchs. In 14 games Vey had five assists and a plus-1 rating.

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 followed protocol (various tests like remembering words) and is now good to go.

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

Willie Mitchell was a healthy scratch from Thursday’s game. He 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 week’s 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, Linden Vey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Willie Mitchell

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