LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent forward Corey Elkins to a one-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
Elkins, 24, finished with a team-leading 18 goals and 41 points (18-23=41) in 42 games during his recently completed senior season at Ohio State University. The 6-2, 215-pound native of West Bloomfield, Michigan also finished with 18 penalty minutes and he shared the team lead with a plus-24 rating. He led the Buckeyes to a record of 23-15-4 and a berth in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament (OSU was eliminated from tournament play last weekend).
In four seasons with the Buckeyes, Elkins – a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and 2007 Coaches Award winner for hard work and determination – recorded 60 points (27-33=60) and 40 penalty minutes in 102 career games with the Buckeyes.
Elkins skated with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) during the 2004–05 season and his 19 goals and 42 points (19-23=42) helped lead the Musketeers to the USHL’s Western Conference championship that season. Before that, he played with the St. Louis Heartland Eagles (USHL) in 2003-04 (57 GP, 12-17=29, 36 PIM) and the Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL) in 2002-03 (49 GP, 8-11=19, 37 PIM).
Elkins, who is not scheduled to play in tonight’s Kings-Stars contest, will wear jersey No. 47. The Kings host Dallas later tonight at STAPLES Center with a 7:30 p.m. face-off. The game will be broadcast on FS West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.