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Devin Setoguchi signs with Kings

Forward agreed to professional tryout contract Sept. 7, could play first NHL game in nearly two years @NHL

Forward Devin Setoguchi signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Setoguchi, who agreed to a professional tryout contract with the Kings on Sept. 7, could play his first NHL game since Nov. 22, 2014 when the Kings open their season against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN). 

"I thought I gave myself a chance. By no means is it over. It's an everyday thing for me," Setoguchi told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. "I've got to make sure that I keep improving and getting better and trying to prove my worth here in L.A."

Setoguchi, 29, has been skating on the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown in the absence of Marian Gaborik, who broke his right foot at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The Kings need help at the forward position because of injuries to Gaborik and Nick Shore (upper body). Forward Tanner Pearson is suspended for the first two regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson on Oct. 2.

"It's good as long as you can produce," Setoguchi said. "You're going to get the opportunity to play and it's what you do with it that makes you and your game. Obviously, [Kopitar and Brown are] both highly talented players. I'm thankful to be in the position that I'm in. But I can't be complacent and take things for granted."

Setoguchi played with HC Davos of National League A in Switzerland, where he had 24 points in 30 games. He was chosen by the San Jose Sharks with the No. 8 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft and had 31 goals and 65 points during his first full NHL season in 2008-09. He has 127 goals and 249 points in 471 NHL games with the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.

"I'm excited for him," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told the Orange County Register on Monday. "I like to see guys like that bounce back and do well, and hopefully he does bounce back. It's strictly going to be a day-to-day, game-to-game thing. That's clear. For me, it was no different evaluating him than it was players that we needed to be better than they were last year."

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