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LA Kings Claim Brendan Leipsic Off Waivers from Vancouver Canucks

The 24-year-old forward has scored 30 points in 81 career games since being selected No. 89 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have claimed right winger Brendan Leipsic off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 24-year-old forward has scored five points (2-3=5) in 17 games with the Canucks this season.

Tweet from @FriedgeHNIC: LA claims Leipsic

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Leipsic was originally selected by Nashville in the third round (No. 89 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft after he had 58 points (28-30=58) in 65 games in his second season with Portland of the Western Hockey League.

Leipsic played two more seasons with Portland and had 211 points (88 goals-123=211) in 128 games, including 120 points (49-71=120) in 2012-13, when he won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's top scorer and the Canadian Hockey League Top Scorer Award.

Tweet from @SamuelsThomas42: Really like the 2 waiver claims the #Kings have made:Nikita ScherbakBrendan LeipsicSpeed ���Youth���Skill ���Leipsic in particular has ability to change some minds around the league like fellow former #preds Aberg(ANA). Can be very hard to defend,just needs to be consistent

In 81 career NHL games, the 5-10, 179-pound forward has scored 30 points (8-22=30) with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights and the Canucks. Leispsic scored a career-high 22 points last season with the Golden Knights and Canucks.

The Canucks acquired Leipsic from the Golden Knights at the trade deadline in exchange for defenseman Philip Holm.

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The Kings continue their four-game homestand on Tuesday as they take on the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 pm. The Kings will honor Lubomir Visnovsky as part of their Legends Night series presented by McDonald's.

The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports West, the FOX Sports App and on the LA Kings Audio Network on I Heart Radio.

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