COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Buckeye forward Corey Elkins, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Saturday.
Elkins had one goal in three games with the Kings this past season, his first in the NHL. He made his NHL debut Dec. 15 at Edmonton and scored his first NHL goal in his second game, Dec. 17 at Calgary. The 6-3, 216-pound native of West Bloomfield, Mich., recorded 43 points (21-22=43) and 24 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games with Manchester. His 43 points were second on Manchester and first among club rookies (10th among AHL rookies). His 21 goals led Manchester (tied for fifth among AHL rookies). Elkins had eight points (3-5=8) and zero penalty minutes in the Monarchs’ run to the AHL Eastern Conference finals. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 31, 2009.
Elkins played in 102 games as a Buckeye and had 27 goals, 33 assists and 60 points. He had a breakout year as a senior, leading the team with 41 points, including a team-high 17 goals, en route to being voted team MVP. Elkins, who graduated in winter 2009, was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and was named the team’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete.