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The Los Angeles Kings have signed Samuel Helenius to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Helenius had seven goals and 14 points in 54 contests with Finland's SM-Liiga last season.

 

The Kings took him with the 59th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. "This kid is already an NHL skater, and he hasn’t even come close to growing into his body," said Kings director of scouting Mark Yannetti. "When his body catches up to his feet, we look at him being an above-average NHL skater and he’s six-foot-six.

 

He plays a hard, heavy game.

 

He leads with compete and physicality to go along with his skating.

 

If you watched at the World Juniors, while offense is certainly not the primary aspect of his game, he possesses a really good shot. When you start looking at the third line, in terms of creating offense, you usually see a little bit more individualistic…you see more direct plays going in the net.

 

A kid like this, who can get to those areas and use his size and his shot to provide secondary offense, that kind of fills in the way we view a middle-six in terms of trying to find offense there."

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