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KINGS SIGN PAIR OF PROSPECTS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed right wing Vladimir Dravecky to a multi-year entry-level contract and goalie Erik Ersberg to a one-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.

Dravecky, 21, played in 52 games with HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga this past season and had 23 points (9-14=23), a plus-26 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He also played in 11 playoff games with HC Kosice and had eight points (5-3=8), a plus-six rating and two penalty minutes, and he played in one game with HKm Humenne of the Slovak First League and had three points (2-1=3), a plus-three rating and two penalty minutes.

A 5-10, 185 pound native of Slovakia, Dravecky also played with two different clubs in 2005-06. He played in 54 regular season games with HC Kosice and had 26 points (8-18=26), a plus-25 rating and 18 penalty minutes, and in eight playoff games with HC Kosice he had one point (a goal) and eight penalty minutes. In two games with HKm Humenne, he had four points (1-3=4), a plus-six rating and zero penalty minutes.

In 2004-05, Dravecky played in 51 games with HC Kosice and had 11 points (5-6=11), a plus-two rating and eight penalty minutes. He also played in 43 games with HC Kosice in 2003-04 and had four points (1-3=4) and four penalty minutes.

Ersberg, 25, played in 41 regular season games with HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League this season and had a 2.39 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .908 save percentage en route to being named the winner of the Elitserien “Honkens Trophy” as Goalie of the Year. He also played in 14 playoff games for HV 71 Jonkoping (2.81 GAA and .888 save percentage) and in one game for his native Sweden at the 2007 World Championships (4.06 GAA and .871 save percentage).

In 2005-06, he played for HV 71 Jonkoping, for Sweden’s Under 20 Superelit and Vasteras IK of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan. In 10 regular season games with HV 71 Jonkoping, he had a 1.79 GAA and a .929 save percentage while in two playoff games he had a 3.05 GAA and a .857 save percentage. With Superelit, he played in one game (1.00 GAA and .977 save percentage) and with HockeyAllsvenskan, he played in two games (2.02 GAA0 and .913 save percentage).

The 5-11, 182-pound Ersberg is a native of Sala, Sweden.

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