Kings sign first-round pick Lewis to three-year deal

Updated: July 14, 2006, 8:51 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- While attempting to improve the Los Angeles Kings for the immediate future, general manager Dean Lombardi took a step toward helping the team in the long term Friday, signing 2006 first-round pick Trevor Lewis to a three-year contract.

Drafted 17th overall on June 24, Lewis was one of two players selected by the Kings in the first round. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier was taken with the 11th overall pick.

A native of Salt Lake City, Lewis recorded 35 goals and 40 assists in 56 games with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League last season. The 19-year-old center added three tallies and 16 points in 11 playoff contests.

Lewis, who had committed to the University of Michigan before being drafted, was a USHL All-Star in 2005-06, when he was named the league's player, forward and most gentlemanly player of the year.

Named GM of the Kings on April 21, Lombardi has made a number of moves with hopes of helping Los Angeles return to the postseason for the first time since 2002. In addition to hiring Marc Crawford as coach, Lombardi has signed All-Star defenseman Rob Blake and forwards Alyn McCauley, Scott Thornton and Brian Willsie as free agents and acquired netminder Dan Cloutier and prospect Patrick O'Sullivan in trades.