LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Kings announced Thursday that they’ve signed Hamilton Bulldogs forward Matt Luff to a three-year, entry level NHL contract.
Luff is a 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward who posted 27 goals and 57 points in 61 games in his 18-year-old season with the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. On Thursday, the Kings signed Luff to a three-year entry level contract after he continued to impress in rookie camp and scored a goal in the Kings’ 3-1 rookie game win over the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night at Gila River Arena.
There are some interesting observations on Luff, who was ranked 96th amongst North American skaters when first draft-eligible in 2015. He wasn’t drafted and the following year in the OHL, after the Belleville franchise moved to Hamilton, caught fire in the second half of the season. As a re-entry, his ranking of 183rd amongst North American skaters in 2016 wasn’t likely to get him drafted, but he impressed in both development camp and rookie camp, and it was becoming more likely that the club would ink the Oakville, Ont. native to a three-year ELC, as they did on Thursday.
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