After selecting Gabe Vilardi with the No. 11 overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings ended up finishing their weekend by drafting seven new players into the organization. While the draft was an important milestone for the new management, general manager Rob Blake also moved quickly to address the team’s pending free agents.
In the weeks before the draft, both Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli signed contract extensions. Another young King will be back after Andy Anderoff also agreed to remain in Los Angeles for the next two seasons, according to Kings:
The LA Kings have signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
A thumb surgery shortened Anderoff’s 2016-17 NHL season to just 36 games. Although spending three seasons at the NHL level, the left-winger has struggled thus far in his young career. After failing to score any goals the past season and only assisting on two goals, Anderoff has a career point total of 15.
Because the production levels leave little to be desired, the Kings were able to bring back Anderoff on a cap-friendly deal. The two-year contract has an average annual value and cap hit of just $677,500.
Anderoff hopes to improve over the next two years and could be a beneficiary of a new attack strategy. The Kings as a whole struggled in 2016-17 scoring goals with new head coach John Stevens emphasizing an aggressive offense for Los Angeles.