The LA Kings have signed defenseman Kale Clague and forward Austin Wagner to three-year entry-level contracts, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 18-year-old Clague (born June 5, 1998) is a 5-11, 181-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan who has appeared in 45 games this season with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), posting 38 points (5-33=38) and 39 penalty minutes. He currently leads team-defenseman in points and assists, and ranks second in goals. He also has two shorthanded goals, tied for most among defensemen in the WHL.
A second-round (51st overall) selection of the Kings at the 2016 NHL Draft, Clague has appeared in 138 games over four seasons with Brandon, recording 94 points (15-79=94), a plus-18 rating and 99 penalty minutes. During the 2016 WHL Playoffs he helped lead the Wheat Kings to the Championship, posting 14 points (6-8=14), a plus-5 rating and eight penalty minutes. Brandon currently leads the Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference with seven games left in the regular-season.
The 19-year-old Wagner (born June 23, 1997) is a 6-1, 185-pound native of Calgary, Alberta who has appeared in 56 games this season with the Regina Pats (WHL), posting 58 points (28-30=58), a plus-42 rating and 83 penalty minutes.
A fourth-round (99th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2015 NHL Draft, Wagner has appeared in 230 games over five seasons with Regina, recording 161 points (77-84=161), a plus-87 rating and 238 penalty minutes. Regina currently leads the Eastern Conference with nine games remaining in the regular season.