LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed prospects Maxim Kitsyn and Brian O’Neill, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Kitsyn, a 21-year-old from Novokuznetsk, Russia, signed a three-year entry level contract. The 6-2, 194-pound left wing appeared in eight regular season games with Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL (Russia’s top professional league) last season (0-0=0, 4 PIM). He also appeared in 29 regular season games with HK Sarov of the VHL (Russian junior league team) last season (9-3=12, 63 PIM), and five postseason games with HK Sarov (1-1=2, 4 PIM).
Kitsyn, a 2010 draft pick of the Kings (sixth-round, 158th overall), won a gold medal while skating with Team Russia at the 2011 World Junior Championship, and a silver medal while skating with Team Russia at the 2009 Under-18 World Championship.
O’Neill, a 25-year old from Yardley, Pennsylvania, signed a one-year contract. The 5-9, 170-pound right wing appeared in 49 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League last season (3-12=15, 18 PIM), and also four postseason games with the Monarchs (1-0=1, 2 PIM).
O’Neill originally signed with the Monarchs on March 15, 2012. He made his professional debut two days later and played in 12 regular season games during the 2011-12 season with the Monarchs (1-1=2, 4 PIM) after finishing his senior season at Yale University, where he served as team captain and was named NCAA Ivy-League Player of the Year. He also appeared in four postseason games with the Monarchs that same season (0-1=1, 6 PIM).