Tidbits and Clips on Kings Other Picks at 2018 NHL Draft

We already posted an article with notes and quotes regarding forward Rasmus Kupari, the Kings top pick at the 2018 NHL Draft. Below are some additional thoughts and tidbits regarding the remaining six players they drafted this weekend. We will have even more coverage and insight posted early in the week, as we continue to reach out to various contacts looking for news heading into Development Camp.

Round 2 – forward Akil Thomas, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)

A playmaking center with great speed and good hands. He is said to be a pest on the forecheck. In his rookie season of 2016-17, Thomas was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team after setting a Niagara record for rookie scoring in a single season with 48 points (21-27=48) in 61 regular season games. Internationally, he captured gold with Team Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial where he tied for second on the team with six points in five games. He also represented his country twice at the Under-18 World Championship (2018 and 2017).

Round 3 – forward Bulat Shafigulin, Nizhnekamsk-2 (Russia Jrs.)

Round 4 – forward Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound (OHL)

Yes, he played for Owen Sound, the same team as Wayne Simmonds and several other former Kings. And, yes, this is where Mike Futa has strong ties. However, in this case, it’s more of a coincidence tan anything else.

Round 5 – goalie David Hrenak, St. Cloud State {NCAA}

Posted a 2.11 goals-against-average and .919 save-percentage for the Huskies last season. Hrenak was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and he also suited up for Slovakia at the 2018 and 2016 World Junior Championships. He played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in 2016-17, leaving with a 2.24 goals-against-average and .923 save-percentage in 33 games.

Round 6 – forward Johan Sodergran, Linkopings HC {Sweden)

Listed at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, this 18-year old played for Sweden’s Linkoping at both the pro and junior levels this past season. He went scoreless in 20 games at the pro level (SHL), while collecting 17 goals and 33 points in his junior stint. He also represented Sweden at the 2018 Under 20 Five Nations Tournament.

Round 6 – goalie Jacob Ingham, Mississauga (OHL)

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