Kings Sign No. 2 Overall Pick Quinton Byfield To 3-year Deal
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Team Red center Quinton Byfield (55) and Team White left winger Alexis Lafreniere (11) pose for photos following hockey's CHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ontario. The New York Rangers might be on the clock in owning the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on Tuesday, Oct. 6. That, and the prospect of selecting Quebec star forward Alexis Lafreniere, doesn't mean the still-retooling Rangers will be anywhere closer to being a contender, team president John Davidson cautions. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.: The Los Angeles Kings have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Quinton Byfield to a three-year contract.
The Kings announced the entry-level deal Friday with Byfield, a powerful 6-foot-5 center from Ontario.
The 18-year-old Byfield is likely to play another year of junior hockey before he moves to the NHL, but the Kings haven’t ruled out anything with their top prospect before he attends his first training camp.
Byfield became the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history when Los Angeles chose him earlier this month. He had 32 goals and 50 assists in 45 games last season with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves.
The Kings finished the coronavirus-shortened regular season with the NHL’s fourth-worst points total. They’ve missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2009.
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