The Los Angeles Kings have signed Mikey Anderson to a three-year, entry-level contract, ending his college career. Anderson recently won the NCAA Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, but will start his professional career in 2019-20.
Anderson, 19, knows winning and little else at the collegiate level after taking home the title two years in a row. Originally selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, he has quickly become a top prospect in the Kings system and one of the most effective defensemen in the country at his level. Not only did he put up 27 points in 40 games for the Bulldogs, but Anderson also captained Team USA at the most recent World Juniors where he recorded five points in seven games en route to a silver medal.
There’s still plenty for the 6’0″ 196-lbs defenseman to work on before suiting up in the NHL, but the fact that both sides think he’s ready for professional hockey is a testament to how hard he has worked to develop over the last two seasons. The Kings are beginning a rebuild that may take a while, but Anderson should feature prominently in it over the next few years.