Kings signal prime draft choose defenseman Clarke

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Kings have signed prime draft choose Brandt Clarke to a three-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract.

Clarke agreed to the deal Tuesday after the Kings selected the defenseman with the eighth total choose final month.

The 18-year-old Clarke is anticipated to play most of subsequent season within the Ontario Hockey League, the place he racked up 38 factors in 57 video games as a rookie with Barrie within the 2019-20 season. He led all OHL rookie defensemen in factors and assists (32), and he completed second with six targets.

Clarke spent final season in Slovakia with HC Nové Zámky, scoring 15 factors in 26 video games after the OHL season was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clarke is a key part of the Kings’ spectacular steady of elite younger expertise headlined by heart Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 total choose in 2020. Los Angeles’ prospect group additionally consists of heart Alex Turcotte, defenseman Tobias Björnfot, heart Rasmus Kupari and left wing Arthur Kaliyev.

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