Moller will play in Sweden next season.

Oscar Moller will play for Skellefte of the Swedish Elitserien next season. The news was first reported by

The 22-year-old forward excelled at the AHL level (23 goals, 50 points with Manchester) in 2010-11, but couldn’t consistently crack the Kings’ lineup for the third straight season. Moller had a goal and four points in 13 regular-season games and did not score during 10 minutes, 37 seconds of ice time in Game 2 of the first-round series against San Jose.

A second-round 2007 draft pick (52nd overall), the diminutive forward had 12 goals and 26 points in 87 games with the Kings. After this, the final season on Moller’s entry-level contract, Kings coach Terry Murray told reporters that there was nothing more Moller could have done to get more playing time –a sure sign of a dead end if there ever were one.

Moller was set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and the Kings will retain his NHL rights.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.