Quinton Byfield signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 18-year-old forward, taken by the Kings with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Oct. 6, became the highest selected Black player in League history; forward Evander Kane (Atlanta Thrashers, 2009) and defenseman Seth Jones (Nashville Predators, 2013) each was selected No. 4.
“Quinton is an exceptional young man and talented player with a very bright future,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said after drafting Byfield. “We’re proud to be adding him to our organization and look forward to the next stages of his development and a promising career in L.A.”
Byfield scored 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 45 games with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He tied for fifth in the OHL in points per-game (1.82) and led Sudbury in points, assists and a plus-26 rating, and finished second in goals.
He has scored 143 points (61 goals, 82 assists) with a plus-38 rating in 109 games in his two OHL seasons and was the youngest player on Canada’s roster when it won the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.