LOS ANGELES, CA – While scouts were being mesmerized by Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov back in 2013, an unknown defenseman named Sean Walker was finding his way in the Ontario Jr. A League with the Newmarket Hurricanes. Walker would go undrafted that summer, but the late-bloomer is now playing solid minutes for the Los Angeles Kings. And it didn’t hurt that he spent his college days at Bowling Green.
Two of Bowling Green’s most famous alumni just happen to work for the Kings now: GM Rob Blake and director of player personnel Nelson Emerson. That made for some easy conversations once Walker got into the organization as a free agent, but he earned his way up the ladder. Walker was signed to a two-year AHL contract in 2017, then played so well for the Ontario Reign that the Kings tore up the deal after one season and signed him to a new NHL pact. Now, on a Kings team in transition, he’s playing 18:42 per night and contributing some secondary offense.