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Kings Sign Piskula to One-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Joe Piskula, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Piskula, 25, recorded 12 points (0-12=12), 40 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-11 rating in 67 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, last season. The 6-3, 212-pound native of Antigo, Wis., also skated in 55 regular season games with the Monarchs during the 2007-08 season, recording six points (0-6=6) and 57 penalty minutes, and he also played in all four postseason games with the Monarchs that same season, recording zero points and four penalty minutes.

Piskula, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2007, made his Kings/NHL debut at Chicago on March 23, 2007. In five career NHL games with the Kings, he has zero points and six penalty minutes.

Prior to entering the pro ranks with the Kings at the end of the 2006-07 campaign, Piskula appeared in 38 games with the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) that same year, notching five points (1-4=5) and 34 penalty minutes. During his three-year stint with the Badgers, the blue-liner registered 22 points (3-19=22), 80 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 112 career games.

Piskula, who was voted as the Badgers’ Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player by his teammates in 2005-06, played for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) prior to attending the University of Wisconsin. He was also a finalist for Wisconsin's “Mr. Hockey” while skating for Antigo High School.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Chicago Steel  USHL   13 0 0 0   18          
2002-2003 Des Moines Buccaneers  USHL   32 2 6 8   18          
2003-2004 Des Moines Buccaneers  USHL   58 2 4 6   68          
2004-2005 University of Wisconsin  WCHA   40 0 6 6   24          
2005-2006 University of Wisconsin  WCHA   34 2 9 11   22          
2006-2007 Kings   5 0 0 0 -3 6 0 0 0 4 0.0
2006-2007 University of Wisconsin  WCHA   38 1 4 5   34          
2007-2008 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   55 0 7 7 5 57 0 0 0 56 0.0
2008-2009 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   67 0 12 12 11 40 0 0 0 58 0.0
NHL Totals:   5 0 0 0 -3 6 0 0 0 4 0.0
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Des Moines Buccaneers  USHL   4 0 1 1 0 4       0 0.0
2003-2004 Des Moines Buccaneers  USHL   3 0 1 1 0 0       0 0.0
2005-2006 University of Wisconsin  WCHA           0         0 0.0
2006-2007 University of Wisconsin  WCHA                        
2007-2008 Manchester Monarchs  AHL   4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0      
 
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