The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly signed forward Samuel Helenius to an entry-level contract, which carries an $850,833 cap hit. The signing has not been officially announced by the team but has been reported by CapFriendly.com.
#LAKings have signed 2021 2nd RD pick (59th overall) Samuel Helenius to a 3 year ELC
$850,833 cap hit $925,000 AAV
2021-22: $750.0k Base + $92.5k SB + $82.5k PB 2022-23: $750.0k Base + $92.5k SB + $82.5k PB 2023-24: $775.0k Base + $92.5k SB + $57.5k PBhttps://t.co/LRR5iKi6Zq
Helenius was selected with the 59th overall pick in this year’s draft, with the Kings trading up in order to select him. The center is 6-foot-6 and scored seven goals and 14 points in Finland’s highest professional league this season.
Should Helenius play nine NHL games or fewer next season, the team won’t burn the first year of his deal and the contract will slide. While Helenius is likely still a little ways away from playing with the Kings, it’s clear that the team sees lots of potential with him, given that they moved up in the draft to select him and have already inked him to an entry-level contract.
With the contract, Helenius becomes the second player selected by the Kings in this year’s draft to sign with the team, after eighth-overall pick Brandt Clarke signed his entry-level deal earlier this week.
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