The LA Kings have signed forward Blake Lizotte to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The 21-year-old Lizotte (born on Dec. 13, 1997) is a 5-9, 175-pound native of Lindstrom, Minn., who appeared in 37 games this season with St. Cloud State University (NCAA), posting 42 points (14-28=42), a plus-28 rating and 28 penalty minutes.
He helped lead the Huskies to their second consecutive National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) regular-season championship and the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
He was named to the NCHC First All-Star Team. Lizotte ranked second on his team in points, tied for first in assists and fourth in goals.
Over the course of his two seasons in St. Cloud he tallied 69 points (22-47=69), a plus-44 rating and 48 penalty minutes in 76 games.
During the 2017-18 campaign he was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team, NCHC All-Academic Team as well as being named the 2018 NCHC Scholar-Athlete. He was named Rookie of the Year by his teammates (Roland Vandell Award) and they also named him the Most Determined Player (William Radovich Award).
Lizotte will report directly to the Kings and is slated to wear No. 46. He would be the fourth King all-time to wear that number, and first since goaltender Daniel Taylor did so in 2009.