The LA Kings have signed defenseman Helge Grans to a three-year entry level contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $925,000, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. Grans was selected by the Kings in the second round (35th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Grans, 19, tallied three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 43 games with the Malmo Redhawks (SHL) last season, his first full campaign in Sweden's top league. He made his SHL debut in 2018-19 and has appeared in 69 games over the last three seasons, registering 15 points (4-11=15) during that span.
The 6-3, 195-pound defenseman split time the previous two seasons (2018-20) between the SHL and the J20 SuperElit league, collecting 44 points (9-35=44) in 61 games for the Redhawks J20 team. That total includes 23 assists in 2019-20, which was the most assists by a defenseman. In 2018-19, he also registered two assists in a pair of games for Malmo in the J18 Allsvenskan league.
A native of Ljungby, Sweden, Grans has represented his country at various international tournaments, including a bronze medal win with the Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he registered one assist in five games. He also won the bronze medal in 2018 during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording two assists in six games.