Among the players they drafted in 2009, the Los Angeles Kings took a pair of players in the fourth-round that year: Linden Vey and Jean-Francois Berube. Earlier this week, the Kings signed both of them to three-year entry-level contracts.
Linden Vey is coming off a very productive season where he play for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Vey led the entire WHL is scoring with 116 points (46 goals, 70 assists) in 69 games. Although Vey and the Tigers fell short in their quest for the league title, they did reach the Eastern Conference Finals with plenty of help from Vey himself, who registered 12 goals and 13 assists in 15 playoff games.
As for Berube, he spent this past season backstopping the Montreal Juniors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Berube had a great year, going 32-7-8 in 50 games, three shutouts, a .902 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average, which was good enough for fourth in the entire QMJHL. Berube even got his feet wet in the professional ranks as he was called up to Manchester, where he played in three games for the AHL’s Monarchs.
These signings are just another reason why the Los Angeles Kings should have such a bright future ahead of them. Both Vey and Berube are 19 years of age so they are still both very young and both have plenty of time to develop.
This news is very good for the Los Angeles Kings as they are two smart moves that should prove to pay great dividends.