Kings sign Kevin Gravel to 1-year deal

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The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Kevin Gravel to a one-year, two-way contract extension, the team announced on Friday. The contract will be worth an AAV of $650,000 in the NHL level.

The 25-year-old filed for arbitration on July 5. Gravel and center Nick Shore were the two lone restricted free agents on the roster, with the latter signing a one-year, $925,000 contract on July 6.

Gravel got his first real taste of the NHL last season when he appeared in 49 games. He notched six assists and recorded the first goal of his career, a power-play tally that got past Boston Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin in the Kings’ 4-1 loss in late February.

Gravel also skated in six games with the Ontario Reign last season, accounting for a pair of assists. He scored seven goals and added 13 more assists over 55 games with the AHL affiliate during the 2015-16 season. The blue-liner made his NHL debut that season, a five-game stint.

A product of St. Cloud State University, Gravel had his breakout campaign during his final season with the Huskies when he compiled 23 points across 10 goals and 13 assists after scoring three goals in his first three seasons combined.

He was selected by the Kings in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with pick No. 148. He signed his two-way entry-level deal in July 2015.

The Kings missed out on a playoff berth for the second time in the last three seasons as they finished 39-35-8 and fifth in the Pacific Division.

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