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Kings Sign Draft Picks Lukacevic and Taylor

Thursday, Jun. 1st, 2006

LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year entry-level contracts with forward Ned Lukacevic and goaltender Daniel Taylor, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.

Lukacevic, 20, recorded 53 points (25-28=53) with his 25 goals and 28 assists the highest totals on his club and 71 penalty minutes in 63 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season. In addition, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound native Podgorica, Serbia, also appeared in four post-season games with the Broncos (4 GP, 1-0=1, 5 PIM) and seven post-season games with the Manchester Monarchs (7 GP, 1-0=1, 4 PIM), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Kings.

Selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (110th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Lukacevic has 137 points (63-74=137) and 217 penalty minutes in 238 career regular season games in the WHL. Prior to last season, he played for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) from 2001-04.

Taylor, 20, played this past season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), his third in the OHL and first with the Kingston Frontenacs, and he posted a 32-15-6 record, three shutouts, a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .911 save-percentage in 57 appearances, with the 32 wins ranked sixth best in the OHL. In addition, the 5-foot-11, 186-pound native of Plymouth, England, compiled a record of 2-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.80 and a save-percentage of .918 in five post-season appearances with the Fronts.

Selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (221st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Taylor has a record of 61-33-12, five shutouts, a goals-against-average of 2.89 and a save-percentage of .909 in 114 career OHL appearances with the Frontenacs and the Guelph Storm, which traded Taylor to the Frontenacs in June of 2005.

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