No ELCs for Marchment, Mistele, Middleton - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings will not sign Jake Marchment, Matt Mistele or Jacob Middleton to entry-level contracts, a hockey operations source told LA Kings Insider. If teams fail to sign CHL-based prospects from the 2014 draft class by June 1, they lose ownership of that player’s rights.

No specifics were offered on Alec Dillon, the goaltender with the Edmonton Oil Kings who underwent two hip surgeries in 2015-16, though LA Kings Insider had learned earlier this month that it was doubtful that the team would reach an agreement with him on a contract.

That the team will not come to terms with Marchment, Mistele or Middleton is not a particular sore point. Mistele and Marchment, both forwards, recently completed their 20-year-old seasons, with Marchment totaling 25 goals and 45 points with Erie as part of a 100-point, 168-game OHL career, and Mistele, a 2015 Memorial Cup winner with Oshawa, totaling 33 goals and 58 points with Oshawa and Sarnia as part of a 224-point, 272-game OHL career. Middleton completed his 19-year-old season with Ottawa by posting seven goals and 31 points and is eligible to return to the 67’s as an overager next season. CHL teams are permitted to keep three players in their 20-year-old seasons.

John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor previously suggested that AHL contract offers could be extended to “at least two” of the three skaters.

UPDATE: Any hypothetical AHL contracts would be agreed to after the NHL Draft.

Previously, Los Angeles had signed 2014 picks Adrian Kempe (first round), Alex Lintuniemi (second round), Michael Amadio (third round) and Spencer Watson (seventh round). Steven Johnson, an NCAA-based defensive prospect, is exempt from the June 1 deadline.

In other tangential prospect news, 2012 fourth round draft pick Nikolai Prokhorkin has been extended an offer sheet by KHL-SKA St. Petersburg, according to Igor Eronko. I don’t know how or to what method “offer sheets” exist in the KHL, but he had not been a central part in the Kings’ plans for some time and would not commit to playing in North America when Los Angeles and Edmonton were close to reaching an agreement that would have seen him and Teddy Purcell exchanged as part of a trade. Also (stick tap to @MattMotush for passing this along), Maxim Kitsyn has signed with KHL-Nizhny Novgorod. Kitsyn, selected in the sixth round in 2010, has played in both the AHL and ECHL variants of the Ontario Reign and Manchester Monarchs over the last three seasons and never appeared to emerge as someone likely to earn an eventual role with the Kings, totaled 55 points in 65 Manchester games this season and also got into two AHL games with Ontario.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.