The Kings have dipped their toes into the minor league free agent market. CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that they have signed winger Zack Mitchell to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal pays the league minimum salary of $650K at the NHL level and $150K in the minors.
Mitchell had spent the previous four seasons in Minnesota’s system after they signed him as an undrafted free agent back in 2014 but was eligible for Group VI unrestricted free agency this summer.
Last season, Mitchell spent most of his time at the minor league level, suiting up in 42 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL. He was fairly productive down there, picking up 16 goals and 17 assists in that span. He also suited up in 23 games with Minnesota where he collected five points (3-2-5).
Although he was acquired as an unrestricted free agent, Mitchell could still potentially become a restricted free agent next summer. He has played in 34 career NHL games thus far and if he suits up in 46 with the Kings this season, he will become a regular RFA. If not, he will once again be a Group VI UFA next July.