FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Team Red center Quinton Byfield (55) moves in on Team White goaltender Dylan Garand (32) while defended by Jack Thompson (23) during the second period of hockey's CHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ontario. Byfield is one of the top NHL draft prospects. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Quinton Byfield to a three-year contract.

The Kings announced the entry-level deal Friday with Byfield, a powerful 6-foot-5 center from Ontario.

The 18-year-old Byfield is likely to play another year of junior hockey before he moves to the NHL, but the Kings haven't ruled out anything with their top prospect before he attends his first training camp.

Byfield became the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history when Los Angeles chose him earlier this month. He had 32 goals and 50 assists in 45 games last season with the OHL's Sudbury Wolves.

The Kings finished the coronavirus-shortened regular season with the NHL's fourth-worst points total. They've missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2009.


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