EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 4, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jacob Muzzin to a three-year, entry level contract. They also activated center Jarret Stoll from injured reserve.
Muzzin, 20, is the captain of the Sault Ste. Marie (Soo) Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 37 games this season, the 6-2, 216-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario has scored ten goals and has added 36 assists for 46 points (leading the OHL in overall scoring by defensemen) with 58 penalty minutes.
Last season, Muzzin was named to the OHL Western Conference All Star Team.
In four seasons with the Greyhounds, Muzzin has scored 23 goals and has contributed 74 assists for 97 points in 203 regular season games. In 23 playoff games, he has a goal and seven assists for eight points.
Muzzin was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (141st overall) in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft., but he had surgery to repair two herniated discs in 2005, and played sparingly in 2006-07—just 37 games. He was not signed by the Penguins or selected in the draft by another NHL team and became an unrestricted free agent this past summer.
“We are excited to have Jake in our organization and view him as a good prospect,” said Kings Vice President and Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall.”He has a blend of size, grit, skill and competitiveness that our organization’s covets.”
“Our organization is very proud of Jake and his accomplishments over his five years with the Soo Greyhounds,” said Greyhounds General Manager Dave Torrie. “To know what adversities he has faced early in his career and to see him grow and develop as a young man and as a hockey player has been very rewarding.”
“As an organization, we are proud of the role we have played in helping Jake achieve his goal of signing with an NHL organization,” added Torrie. “Our coaches have done a great job of working with Jake to help him become the player he is today. We all look forward to following Jake’s progress and anticipate the day he realizes his dream of playing in the NHL.”
Stoll, 27, has missed the last seven games due to a groin strain. In 33 games this season, he has scored ten goals and has tallied fifteen assists for 25 points with a +9 plus/minus rating. He also leads the team with a 54.6 percent face-off winning percentage.
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