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The LA Kings made a deal involving minor league prospects on Saturday morning.

The LA Kings have brought in forwards Brayden Burke and Tyler Steenbergen from the Arizona Coyotes, and sent defenseman Cole Hults and forward Boko Imama back in return. All of the players involved in the trade played in the American Hockey League last season. Both Hults and Imama played for the LA Kings AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, last season.

Burke, a left-wing who is 24 years old, stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 165 pounds. He had a standout junior hockey career playing for three teams in the Western Hockey League. His best season came in 2017-18 while playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors, when he scored 31 goals and had 82 assists for a total of 113 points in 61 games played. He has spent the last four seasons playing for the Tuscon Roadrunners of the AHL, where his best season came in 2019-20 when he scored 21 goals to go with 31 assists for a total of 52 points in 51 games played.

Tyler Steenbergen was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. He plays center and stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 188 pounds. Like Burke, Steenbergen had an excellent junior hockey career. His best season in junior hockey came in 2017-18 when, while playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, he scored 47 goals, with 55 assists for a total of 102 points in 56 games played. He has played the last three seasons for the Tuscon Roadrunners where is his best season was in 2019-20 where he put up eight goals and 18 assists in 57 games.

Both Burke and Steenbergen are currently restricted free agents and will need new contracts. Burke also has arbitration rights. If both are signed by the LA Kings, they will most likely be assigned to the Ontario Reign after the training camp is over.

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