The Kings on Tuesday signed prospects Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch, two forwards who played collegiate hockey this past season. Dowd, a 23-year-old who signed a one-season entry-level contract, completed his fourth season at St. Cloud (Minn.) State. He had 40 points, including 22 goals, in 38 games. Mersch, a 21-year-old who signed a three-season entry-level deal, finished his fourth season at Wisconsin. He recorded 35 points, including 22 goals, in 37 games.
Christopher Gibson, a goaltender from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, became the Kings’ first pick at the Entry Draft Saturday, going 49th overall in the second round.
Gibson has an interesting background: His father Peter Gibson, a martial arts instructor, was born in England. His mother, Ulla Perttilahti, is Finnish. Gibson grew up in Karkkila, Finland, but at age 15 left for North America to play hockey.
In his second major junior season, Gibson fnished first in the QMJHL with a .920 save percentage and second with a 2.42 goals-against average last season. In four playoff games, those numbers dipped to .865 and 5.20, but he was good enough to become the third goalie drafted this year (Magnus Hellberg went to Nashville at #38 and John Gibson went to Anaheim at #39).
The Kings used their final five picks to select center Andy Andreoff (third round, 80th overall), left wing Nick Shore (third round, 82nd overall), left wing Michael Mersch (fourth round, 110th overall), left wing Joel Lowry (fifth round, 140th overall) and left wing Michael Schumacher (seventh round, 200th overall).