The LA Kings announced this afternoon that the organization has re-signed forwards Matt Luff and Mikey Eyssimont to one-year contracts. Each player’s new deal will carry a $700K AAV at the NHL level.
Luff has split the last two seasons between the NHL and the AHL, collecting 16 points (9-7-16) from 51 games with the Kings and 55 points (20-35-55) from 66 AHL games played with the Reign.
The Oakville, ONT native was a bright spot in 2018-19 for the Kings, as he collected eight goals spread across an array of callups from Ontario. The 6-3 winger has been one of the Reign’s top offensive players over the past two seasons, and ranked second on the team in 2019-20 with 0.8 points-per-game with the Reign.
After perhaps a slower training camp than he and the Kings would have liked, Luff went on to be a driving force behind a hot start to the season for the Reign, with 10 points from his first 12 games in the AHL. While the offensive production for the 23-year-old winger wasn’t quite what it was the season prior in the NHL, he felt that he grew in other areas of his game, both physically and mentally. Luff prominently featured on the penalty kill with Ontario, and has worked on rounding out his 200-foot game.
Eyssimont has spent his entire professional career to date with the Reign, and has amassed 49 points (22-27-49) over 122 career AHL games played.
The St. Cloud State product had a noticeably stronger sophomore campaign, as he ranked second on the Reign in both goals (12) and points (28). Eyssimont’s commitment over the summer in 2019 drew rave reviews from several within management with the Kings, which led to a much improved second season, including a stretch with 21 points from 29 games played after a healthy scratch in late-November. Indications were that a late-season callup could have been in Eyssimont’s future, had the season not been cut short due to COVID-19.
Both players are now firmly planted inside a forward group within the Kings organization with jobs to be earned during training camp, whenever that may be held.
Kings Official Release –
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 5, 2020)– The LA Kings have signed forwards Mikey Eyssimont and Matt Luff to one-year contract extensions, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. Both contracts are two-way and carry an average annual value (AAV) of $700K
Eyssimont is a 6-0, 180-pound winger who recorded 28 points (12-16=28) in 56 games last season with Ontario (AHL). The Littleton, Colo. native has appeared in 122 games with the Reign since signing with the Kings out of St. Cloud State (NCAA). The 24-year old registered 49 points (22-27=49) during that time.
Selected by the Kings in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Eyssimont notched 102 points (45-57=102) in 115 NCAA games with the Huskies. He led them to an NCHC conference championship in 2016, winning Tournament MVP that season. In 2018 he was named a Second Team All-Star in the NCHC.
Luff, a 6-2, 196-pound winger totaled five points (1-4=5) in 18 games last season with the Kings. The Oakville, Ont. native also recorded 24 points (9-15=24) in 30 games with the Ontario Reign (AHL), ranking second on the team in points per game (.80) and ninth on the club in total points.
Signed by the Kings as a free agent on Sept. 22, 2016, the 23-year old has compiled 16 points (9-7=16) in 51 career games with the Kings and 85 points (32-53=85) in 135 games with the Reign.