Kings Prospect Tracker: Report For Week Ending April 30, 2018 – Last Man Standing Edition

As the post-season continues to chug along throughout various leagues of the collective hockey world, fewer and fewer Kings prospects are still alive and advancing. In fact, we are now down to one single prospect still playing – and he will face a win-or-go-home Game 7 tonight. For a look across the entire pool of prospects in the Los Angeles organization, here is a quick recap:

JARET ANDERSON-DOLAN: Forward, Spokane Chiefs (2nd round pick in 2017, WHL)

Regular season: 40 goals, 51 assists, plus-9, 27 PIM in 70 games played
Playoffs: 2 goals, 7 assists, plus-5, 4 PIM in 7 games played

Anderson-Dolan and the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs on April 3.

Upon elimination, Anderson-Dolan was called up to the AHL for the Ontario Reign and made his debut on April 7.

MICHAEL ANDERSON: Defenseman, University of Minnesota-Duluth (4th round pick in 2017)

Regular season: 5 goals, 18 assists, plus-10, 8 PIM in 37 games played
Playoffs: 0 goals, 1 assist, plus-1, 11 PIM in 4 games played

Anderson and UMD became the 2018 NCAA National Champions on April 7.

KALE CLAGUE: Defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (2nd round pick in 2016, WHL)

Regular season: 1 goal, 23 assists, plus-11, 8 PIM in 26 games played (Moose Jaw Warriors)
10 goals, 37 assists, plus-31, 35 PIM in 28 games played (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Playoffs: 1 goal, 13 assists, minus-2, 14 PIM in 14 games played

Moose Jaw and Clague were eliminated from the playoffs on April 16.

JACOB FRIEND: Defenseman, Owen Sound Attack (7th round pick in 2016, OHL)

Regular season: 3 goals, 27 assists, plus-24, 89 PIM in 61 games played
Playoffs: 1 goal, 5 assists, plus-7, 21 PIM in 11 games played

Friend and the Owen Sound Attack were eliminated from the playoffs on April 17.

COLE KEHLER: Goalie, Portland Winterhawks (Undrafted)

Regular season: 53 games played, 30-16-5 record, 2.77 GAA, .909 SV%
Playoffs: 12 games played, 5-5-2 record, 3.39 GAA, .897 SV%

The Winterhawks and Kehler were eliminated from the playoffs on April 13.

JACOB MOVERARE: Defenseman, Mississauga Steelheads (4th round pick in 2016 (OHL)

Regular season: 3 goals, 18 assists, minus-9, 8 PIM in 32 games played

The Barrie Colts eliminated the Mississauga Steelheads from the OHL playoffs on April 1.

Moverare has not played since January, when he had knee surgery after being injured at World Juniors.

MARKUS PHILLIPS: Defenseman, Owen Sound Attack (4th round pick in 2017, OHL)

Regular season: 10 goals, 29 assists, plus-13, 34 PIM in 68 games played
Playoffs: 0 goals, 3 assists, minus-1, 4 PIM in 10 games played

Phillips and the Owen Sound Attack were eliminated from the playoffs on April 17.

CHAZ REDDEKOPP: Defenseman, Victoria Royals (7th round pick in 2015, WHL)

Regular season: 7 goals, 24 assists, plus-2, 42 PIM in 46 games played
Playoffs: 1 goal, 2 assists, minus-8, 10 PIM in 11games played

Reddekopp and the Royals were eliminated from the playoffs on April 11.

DRAKE RYMSHA: Forward, Sarnia Sting (5th round pick in 2017, OHL)

Regular season: 31 goals, 42 assists, plus-11, 70 PIM in 68 games played
Playoffs: 3 goals, 6 assists, minus-1, 10 PIM in 12 games played

Rymsha and the Sarnia Sting were eliminated from the playoffs on April 15.

AUSTIN STRAND: Defenseman, Seattle Thunderbirds (Undrafted)

Regular season: 25 goals, 39 assists, minus-2, 75 PIM in 69 games played
Playoffs: 1 goal, 2 assists, minus-1, 10 PIM in 5 games played

Strand and the Thunderbirds were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on March 31.


GABRIEL VILARDI: Forward, Kingston Frontenacs (1st round pick in 2017, OHL)

Regular season: 22 goals, 36 assists, plus-21, 14 PIM in 32 games played
Playoffs: 11 goals, 11 assists, plus-4, 14 PIM in 16 games played

The Frontenacs continued the OHL Eastern Conference Finals versus the Hamilton Bulldogs last week, winning Game 4 but falling in Game 5 to be eliminated. In the two games, Vilardi registered two assists.

Hamilton wins series 4-1.

GM 1: Hamilton 6, Kingston 2
GM 2: Hamilton 7 Kingston 1
GM 3: Hamilton 3, Kingston 1
GM 4: Kingston 5, Hamilton 2
GM 5: Hamilton 2, Kingston 1

MATTHEW VILLALTA: Goalie, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (3rd round pick in 2017, OHL)

Regular season: 49 games played, 40-5-4 record, 2.58 GAA, .908 SV%
Playoffs: 17 games played, 11-4-1 record, 3.23 GAA, .891 SV%

The Greyhounds continued the OHL Western Conference Finals versus the Kitchener Rangers, losing three games and winning one for a tied series. In the games, Villalta made a combined 99 saves on 112 shots.

Series tied 3-3.

GM 1: Sault Ste. Marie 3, Kitchener 2
GM 2: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Kitchener 2
GM 3: Kitchener 3, Sault Ste. Marie 0
GM 4: Kitchener 7, Sault Ste. Marie 4
GM 5: Sault Ste. Marie 7, Kitchener 3
GM 6: Kitchener 4, Sault Ste. Marie 3 (OT)
GM 7: KIT @ SSM – Mon, Apr 30

Also of note, Villalta signed a 3-year Entry Level Contract with the LA Kings on April 27.

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