The Los Angeles Kings have signed forwards Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch to NHL entry-level contracts following their collegiate careers. Dowd inked a one-year deal while Mersch signed a three-year deal.
Dowd spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL with the Indiana Ice, coming to the League after the Kings selected him in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He put up 39 points (16g, 23a) in 46 regular season games. He tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals and was second on the Ice with a plus-20 rating, a mark that ranked tied for 16th overall in the USHL. Dowd added six points (2g, 4a) in nine playoff games.
The 23-year-old was one of the top scorers in the NCAA this season, totaling 40 points (22g, 18a) in 38 games for St. Cloud State University. He was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. He finished out his college career with 121 points (52g, 69a) over 155 games at the school.
USHL stats – Nic Dowd
Mersch played for Team USA during their inaugural season in the USHL (2009-10) and recorded eight points (4g, 4a) over 26 games in the League for the Under-18 squad. The Park Ridge, Illinois recently completed his four-year career at the University of Wisconsin. He was an All-Big Ten First Team selection as he led the conference with 22 goals over 37 games this season.
The 21-year-old never missed a game during his college hockey career, appearing in all 157 games for the Badgers. He accumulated 120 points (67g, 53a) while at the school, the top goal scorer over those four years. Mersch was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft following his freshman season.
USHL stats – Michael Mersch
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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