The Los Angeles Kings have added another Western Hockey League player to their organization.
Lethbridge Hurricanes overage forward Brad Morrison signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL club Tuesday, allowing the forward to make a foray into the professional hockey ranks.
The 6-foot-0, 171-pound product of Prince George, B.C. had an incredible overage season, helping the Hurricanes return to the Eastern Conference Championship for a second straight season.
Morrison was an offensive force during the 2018 WHL Playoffs, leading all players with 37 points (16G-21A) in 16 games. He added four power-play goals, one short-handed goal and five game-winning goals. In addition to leading the league in scoring, Morrison is tied for second in goals and tied for first in assists. Morrison set a franchise record for the most goals in a single post-season and also tied Wes Walz’s franchise record for points in the single post-season with 37.
Originally selected by the Prince George Cougars in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Morrison played the first 262 games of his WHL career with his hometown Cougars before being traded to the Vancouver Giants during the off-season.
After recording 35 points (11G-24A) in 42 games with the Giants, Morrison was traded to the Hurricanes, where he’d go on to tally 40 points (16G-24A) in 32 games. Overall, Morrison played 334 game during his WHL career, registering 263 points (112G-151A), including 30 power-play goals and 17 game-winning goals.
Morrison was named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week twice during the 2017-18 WHL season, also picking up CHL Player of the Week honours Tuesday as well.
Joining Morrison from the WHL is fellow free agent signing goaltender Cole Kehler from the Portland Winterhawks, who signed with the Kings earlier this season.