Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake announced on Friday that the team had signed Sudbury Wolves centre Quinton Byfield to a three-year entry-level contract, just over a week after making him the second-overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft.
Byfield, who is expected to wear his familiar No. 55 for the Kings, became the highest-drafted player in Wolves history, and the highest-drafted Black player of all time, on Oct. 6.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Newmarket, Ont. registered a team-high 82 points in just 45 games with Sudbury last season.
He was first among all Wolves in assists, with 50, and second in goals, with 32.
His frequent linemate, Blake Murray, was the team leader with 35 markers in 63 contests.
“We are thrilled that Quinton Byfield capped off the week with his signing to the Los Angeles Kings,” Rob Papineau, the Wolves’ vice-president of hockey operations, said in a release. “They are getting an elite player and an elite person.”
Byfield was one of three Sudbury skaters to be drafted last week — the team’s highest total since 2011 — alongside Jack defenceman Thompson, who went in the third round to Tampa Bay, and blueliner Isaak Phillips, who was selected in the fifth round by Chicago.
Prior to Byfield, the highest-drafted Wolves player was local product Mike Foligno, taken third overall by Detroit back in 1979.