The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent forward Brad Morrison to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
A fourth-round (113th overall) selection of the NY Rangers at the 2015 NHL Draft, Morrison has appeared 334 career regular-season games in the Western Hockey League with Lethbridge, Vancouver and Prince George. He has posted 263 points (112-151=263) and 198 penalty minutes during that span. In 27 postseason games he has registered 48 points (19-29=48), a plus-7 rating and 16 penalty minutes.
The 21-year-old Morrison (born on Jan. 1, 1997) is a 6-0, 170-pound native of Prince George, British Columbia, who appeared in 74 regular-season games this year with the Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL), posting 75 points (27-48=75) and 62 penalty minutes.
After being traded to Lethbridge midseason, Morrison helped lead them to the playoffs before falling in the Eastern Conference Final to the Swift Current Broncos in 6 games.
During the postseason, Morrison shined, finishing with 37 points (16-21=37), a plus-8 rating and six penalty minutes in 16 games. As of their elimination, Morrison leads the WHL during the postseason in points, ranks tied for first in assists, tied for second in goals, and tied for second in game-winning goals (3).