The Los Angeles Kings have added some defensive star power on Saturday by inking Penn State defenseman Cole Hults to an entry-level contract. The Kings had drafted Hults in the 2017 draft in the fifth round (134th overall).
Hults will skip his senior season with Penn State in order to join the Kings after completed a very successful junior year with the Nittany Lions. At only 21, Hults is standing at 6’2 and and 195 pounds, and completed 34 games with Penn State. During his time there, he compiled 17 goals with 78 points in 111 games. He holds the ranks of all-time leader in goals, assists, and points among Penn State defensemen.
Hults took to Twitter to announce his achievement:
Excited to announce that I have signed my first NHL contract with the @LAKings thanks to all my family and friends for helping me get to this point! Extremely blessed for the friendships and memories I’ve made the past three years with @PennStateMHKY pic.twitter.com/LKyRgvh1Au
— Cole Hults (@ColeHults) April 11, 2020
The future seems bright for Hults, and one can only imagine what kind of numbers he will put up in a Kings uniform.