KINGS SIGN FROLOV TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL
"The Kings are very pleased to make a long-term commitment to Alex," said Taylor. "He is a very gifted offensive player who, at just 23 years of age, has already made significant contributions to our organization. He has a lot of great years ahead of him and he loves playing in Los Angeles. Our fans will certainly be very happy to see him in a Kings uniform for not only next year but beyond as well."
Frolov, 23, has played 156 games over two seasons for the Kings from 2002-04, and in 2003-04 he led the Kings with 24 goals and finished second in overall team scoring with 48 points (behind Luc Robitaille's team-leading 51 points) in 77 games. Frolov placed in the top-five in goals, assists and points for second year NHL players, led the Kings in even-strength goals with 19 and was voted by the fans as the team's Most Popular Player.
Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (20th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Frolov also was second in 2003-04 amongst all Kings forwards in shots with 168 and he was a plus-eight to rank second on the team in plus-minus amongst forwards.
As a rookie in 2002-03, Frolov made his NHL debut by playing in 79 games and finished with 31 points (14-17=31), the sixth highest total that season for a first-year NHL player. He was also awarded the Mark Bavis Memorial Award as the club's Best Newcomer/Rookie by the local media.
This past season, Frolov played in his native Russia for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Hockey League and had 37 points (20-17=37) and 10 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games. He also played in six contests for Dynamo Moscow, recording three points (1-2=3) in the regular season, and in another six post-season games, Frolov had three points including two goals. In addition, Frolov played in four games for Russia at the 2004 World Cup and had two points (both assists).
The 6-2, 210-pound Frolov has an extensive background in international competition. The Moscow native has played in the 2003 World Championships (he led the team is scoring) and in the 2002 World Juniors (where he led the team in goals and co-led in points while earning a Gold Medal).