The Los Angeles Kings and forward Devin Setoguchi appeared to be closing in on a deal earlier this week, which would bring the former first round pick back into North American hockey with a second chance contract.
This afternoon, that deal was confirmed.
The Los Angeles Kings officially reported their contract with the 29-year-old Setoguchi on Tuesday, which will be two way in nature and extend through the 2016-17 season. Once this deal is up, the forward will once again become an unrestricted free agent.
Selected with the eighth overall pick by the San Jose Sharks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Setoguchi – a native of Taber, Alberta – spent the first part of his pro hockey career skating for San Jose following an extremely successful major junior campaign with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades and Prince George Cougars.
Upon going pro, though, substance abuse issues ultimately derailed his success – and although the winger once put up 31 goals and 65 points in a regular season campaign, he ultimately found himself first relegated to the AHL and then unable to find work altogether.
After a successful 2015-16 season playing overseas for Davos HC of the Swiss-A league, though, he’s back with the Kings.
His deal is two-way in nature, so the Kings can pay him a smaller salary should he end up spending time in the AHL rather than on the roster in Los Angeles. Last year he put up 11 goals and 24 points in 30 regular season games, though, so there’s a chance that he’s managed to turn his career back around again – and that could help the Kings out in a big way.