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Kings Sign Azevedo; Re-Sign Bagnall

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Justin Azevedo
Drew Bagnall
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year entry-level contract with center Justin Azevedo and a one-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Drew Bagnall Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday.

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Azevedo, 21, recorded 36 points (12-24=36) and 31 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, this past season. The 5-7, 180-pound native of West Lorne, Ont., finished seventh on the Monarchs in scoring even though he missed a significant part of his rookie season in the AHL because of two injuries.

Prior to his stint with the Monarchs, Azevedo spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Kitchener Rangers. During his last season there, he was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player after posting a league-high 124 points, 81 assists and 56 power-play assists in 2007-08. Additionally, he was seventh in the OHL with 43 goals, had an overall rating of plus-24 and was named to the OHL All-Star Team that same season.

Azevedo also had a strong 2008 postseason with the Rangers as he led the OHL with 36 playoff points (10-26=36) and tied for first with 26 playoff assists. Azevedo was at his best during the 2008 Memorial Cup as he led all scorers in the tournament with 11 points (4-7=11) in five games.

Kitchener lost to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Spokane Chiefs in the 2008 Memorial Cup Finals.

Bagnall, 25, recorded six points (0-6=6) and 150 penalty minutes in 79 regular season games with the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, this past season. His penalty minute total ranked second on the Monarchs as did his total of 79 games played.

Bagnall, a 6-3, 222-pound native of Oakbank, Manitoba, made his professional debut with Reading of the ECHL in the 2007-08 season, totaling three points (1-2=3) and 32 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games. After the 10-game stint, he was recalled to Manchester where he recorded 12 points (1-11=12) and 115 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Bagnall also appeared in four postseason games with the Monarchs that same season, going scoreless with four penalty minutes in the four games.

Bagnall, who originally signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 23, 2007, turned pro after four seasons with St. Lawrence University (NCAA). He was a first-team All America, ECACHL Player of the Year, ECACHL Outstanding Defensive Defenseman award winner and Hobey Baker award finalist during his senior season there (2006-07), recording 25 points (6-19=25), a team-leading 74 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 39 games. He also led all club defensemen in goals, assists and points while serving as captain of the team, helping the Saints win the 2006-07 ECACHL regular season title before advancing to the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals. Bagnall closed his amateur career at St. Lawrence University by earning ECACHL All-Academic honors for the third straight season.

Below is a look at Azevedo's career stats:

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   58 18 21 39 4 34 4 1      
2005-2006 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   60 29 40 69 11 80 16 2      
2006-2007 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   50 17 39 56 10 42 5 0      
2007-2008 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   67 43 81 124 24 69 18 0      
2008-2009 Manchester  AHL   49 12 24 36 -5 31 3 0 1    
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   15 3 1 4 -3 14 1 0      
2005-2006 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   5 0 3 3 -4 12 0 0      
2006-2007 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   9 4 11 15 -1 22 3 0      
2007-2008 Kitchener Rangers  OHL   20 10 26 36 10 33 4 0      
 
 Career Notes
OHL First All-Star Team (2008) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2008) Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Memorial Cup Tournament - Leading Scorer) (2008) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2008) Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (2008)

Below is a look at Bagnall's career stats:

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2000-2001 Battlefords North Stars  SJHL   58 7 20 27   205          
2001-2002 Battlefords North Stars  SJHL   60 16 23 39   247          
2002-2003 Battlefords North Stars  SJHL   55 17 46 63   248          
2003-2004 St. Lawrence University  ECAC   40 5 13 18   61          
2004-2005 St. Lawrence University  ECACHL   37 7 12 19   68          
2005-2006 St. Lawrence University  ECACHL   24 1 9 10   32          
2006-2007 St. Lawrence University  ECACHL   39 6 19 25   74          
2007-2008 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   54 1 11 12 4 115 0 1      
2007-2008 Reading Royals  ECHL   10 1 2 3 3 32 0 0 0    
2008-2009 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   79 0 6 6 -8 150 0 0 0    
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Battlefords North Stars  SJHL   4 0 1 1 0 4       0 0.0
2005-2006 St. Lawrence University  ECAC                        
2006-2007 St. Lawrence University  ECAC                        
2007-2008 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0      
2007-2008 Reading Royals  ECHL                        
 
 Career Notes
SJHL 1st All-Star Team (2003) SJHL Defenseman of the Year (2003) ECAC First All-Star Team (2007) ECAC Player of the Year (2007) NCAA East First All-American Team (2007) Traded to Florida by Dallas with Dallas' 2nd round compensatory choice (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Enver Lisin) in 2004 Entry Draft for Valeri Bure, March 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 23, 2007.
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