The LA Kings have signed Denver University forward/defenseman Patrick Mullen to a two year entry level contract.
Mullen is the son of former NHL player Joe Mullen and grew up in the South Hills area playing amateur hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets.
Mullen, 22, recently concluded his senior season at Denver University and recorded 25 points (4-21=25) and 39 penalty minutes in 38 games.
In four seasons with the Pioneers, Mullen recorded 81 points (20-61=81) and 148 penalty minutes in 152 games, splitting time as a forward and defenseman.
Mullen also received offers from the Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers. Mullen could have joined his former Hornets teammate Grant Lewis in Atlanta but opted for LA.
The Penguins did not show any interest.