Kitsyn, O'Neill Sign With Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Kings, the parent club of the Manchester Monarchs, have signed prospects Maxim Kitsyn and Brian O’Neill, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Kitsyn, a 21-year-old from Novokuznetsk, Russia, signed a three-year entry level contract. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound left wing appeared in eight regular season games with Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL (Russia’s top professional league) last season (0-0=0, four penalty minutes). He also appeared in 29 regular season games with HK Sarov of the VHL (Russian junior league team) last season (9-3=12, 63 penalty minutes), and five post-season games with HK Sarov (1-1=2, four penalty minutes).
Kitsyn, a 2010 draft pick of the Kings (sixth-round, 158th overall), won a gold medal while skating with Team Russia at the 2011 World Junior Championship, and a silver medal while skating with Team Russia at the 2009 Under-18 World Championship.
O’Neill, a 25-year old from Yardley, Pennsylvania, signed a one-year contract. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound right wing appeared in 49 regular season games with the Monarchs last season recording 15 points (3-12=15) and 18 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four post-season games with the Monarchs scoring one goal (1-0=1) and collecting two penalty minutes.
O’Neill originally signed with the Monarchs on March 15, 2012. He made his professional debut two days later and played in 12 regular season games during the 2011-12 season with the Monarchs (1-1=2, four penalty minutes) after finishing his senior season at Yale University, where he served as team captain and was named NCAA Ivy-League Player of the Year. He also appeared in four post-season games with the Monarchs that same season (0-1=1, six penalty minutes).
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