Good news for the Los Angeles Kings is bad news for Northeastern University, as Tyler Madden has signed his three-year entry-level contract. Madden recently completed his sophomore season with the Northeastern Huskies, but will now turn pro and join the Kings development system.
Madden, 20, was only acquired by the Kings earlier this year as part of the return from the Vancouver Canucks for Tyler Toffoli, but will already become a notable part of their prospect pool. Originally selected 68th overall in 2018, the son of former NHL forward John Madden has excelled at the collegiate level and internationally, putting him in the mix to quickly rise the professional ranks.
In just 27 games at Northeastern this season, the smooth-skating Madden had 19 goals and 37 points, easily leading his team in both categories and getting him a spot as a Hockey East First Team All-Star. That excellent campaign came after a strong freshman season that earned him a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, and also included a silver medal showing at the World Juniors with Team USA.
There is a lot to like about a bloodline that includes three Stanley Cups and a Selke Trophy, but the young Madden actually may have better offensive skills than his NHL father ever did. Those skills will be tested next season, likely in the minor leagues to start, but the Kings could quickly see some production from a deal that also included a second-round pick in this year’s draft.