Every hockey league is now active, officially. Barring injuries, professionals and prospects have started their 2019-20 season. A plethora of prospects in the LA Kings pipeline put up stellar performances over the past week. Take a look…
Alexander Dergachyov: Forward, SKA St. Petersburg, KHL (3rd round pick in 2015)
Regular season: 0 goals, 2 assists, plus-1, 2 PIM in 13 games played
The update begins with a bit of a build-up. Dergachyov has not registered a point in the past 10 games – almost a month ago.
Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 3 goals, 2 assists, plus-4, 0 PIM in 6 games played
The numbers don’t completely paint the picture of how much Fagemo accomplished this week. Frölunda also competes in the Champions Hockey League (which includes several teams around Europe). Fagemo potted 2 goals in the SHL as well as another pair in the CHL – one of which included a penalty shot.
Fagemo show! pic.twitter.com/Ps0LjvWFpK— Frölunda HC (@frolunda_hc) October 13, 2019
Jacob Moverare: Defense, Frölunda HC, SHL (4th round pick in 2016)
Regular season: 1 goal, 3 assists, plus-3, 4 PIM in 9 games played
Moverare broke a scoring slump nearly a month old. He hammered a shorthanded goal and added two assists to have his first professional three-point night.
Kim Nousiainen: Defense, KalPa, Liiga (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 1 goal, 1 assist, minus-2, 2 PIM in 11 games played
Another week off the scoreboard, but there was some recognition of advanced metrics showing the impact he has on the ice.
Bulat Shafigullin: Forward, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, KHL (3rd round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 0 goals, 0 assists, plus-0, 0 PIM in 0 games played
Shafigullin has yet to lace them up this season. However, based upon the timeline provided in John Hoven’s initial report, his return to game action shouldn’t be that far away.
Overseas news….— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) September 6, 2019
Kings prospect Bulat Shafigullin broke his wrist in KHL exhibition game. Had surgery, expected back in about 6 weeks.
This could be a big season for him. Came into camp in great shape & skating looked good, per reports.
Out last report https://t.co/XIsSbnPEs0
NCAA + USHL
Braden Doyle: Defense, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL (6th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 0 goals, 2 assist, minus-1, 0 PIM in 4 games played
The Fighting Saints remain one of the two undefeated teams, as well as being tied for the fewest goals against – Doyle is undoubtedly a contributor on the second pairing. Keep in mind Dubuque had an 8-day break between games; the single game update since last week is due to the schedule and not injury or discipline.
Dávid Hrenák: Goalie, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCHC (5th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 0-0-2, 2.77 GAA, .919 SV%, 0 SO in 2 games played
Hrenák is fit to be tied – literally. He allowed six goals over the weekend as the Huskies battled to two draws with Bemidji State, 4-4 and 2-2.
Cole Hults: Defense, Penn State Nittany Lions, Big Ten (5th round pick in 2017)
Regular season: 4 goals, 1 assist, plus-4, 0 PIM in 2 games played
Hults set personal and school history over the weekend. In the debut of his junior season, he scored Penn State’s first franchise hat trick by a defenseman. He followed that up with a short-handed goal and an assist the following day.
Andre Lee: Forward, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East (7th round pick in 2019)
Regular Season: 3 goals, 0 assists, plus-3, 0 PIM in 4 games played
The big freshman is responsible for 25% of the River Hawks’ goals. He pushed another one in the net and getting powerplay usage as he’s adjusting to the competition.
Alex Turcotte: Forward, Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten (1st round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 2 goals, 2 assists, minus-3, 0 PIM in 2 games played
The much-awaited season has begun for the Kings’ top pick at the most recent draft. He notched an assist on fellow first rounder Cole Caufield’s goal in his first game, followed up by a three-point performance the next night.
Kings prospects on local TV? Now we're talking.— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 14, 2019
Turcotte and Wisconsin will get coverage on FSW / PT (including 6 live games). Good to see, as it's easy to do. Simply pick up FS feeds from other regional stations in the network. Power of the RSNs being under one umbrella. 👍 https://t.co/NFLiswCMsC
This week's college hockey rankings are now out and the Kings continue to be well represented…— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 14, 2019
9. Penn State (Hults)
11. St. Cloud (Hrenak)
17. Wisconsin (Turcotte)
18. UMass Lowell (Lee)
Full Rankings https://t.co/tdhV2UyMZm
Aidan Dudas: Forward, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (4th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 3 goal, 9 assists, plus-7, 4 PIM in 9 games played
An uncharacteristically low week of production (1 G, 1 A) still has him atop the team lead in scoring. He’s seeing a lot of action, both outshooting his teammates and staying nestled in the top 10 of face-offs taken in the entire league.
Jacob Ingham: Goalie, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (6th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 4-1-2, 3.07 GAA, .920 SV%, 0 SO in 7 games played
Since October 4th, Ingham has literally brought star power to the Rangers. In his last four starts, he has turned aside 158 out of 169 shots – good for a .935 SV%. In these matches, he ended up being the No. 1 star in three of them and the No. 2 star in the other. He tops the OHL in facing an average of 39.3 shots per game.
Arthur Kaliyev: Forward, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 8 goals, 7 assists, minus-2, 4 PIM in 8 games played
On top of continuing his point-scoring streak to five contests, Kaliyev exploded for a four-goal game in Hamilton’s 4-1 win. He currently has a hand in 60% of the Bulldogs’ scoring.
Lukáš Pařík: Goalie, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (3rd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 2-1-0, 2.38 GAA, .908 SV%, 0 Shutouts in 2 games played
Pařík didn’t suit up this week. He is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Jordan Spence: Defense, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 0 goals, 7 assists, plus-2, 6 PIM in 10 games played
Spence has yet to tickle the twine himself, but he continues to give the opposition something to worry about on the top pairing. He’s picked up a point in four of the last five games.
Akil Thomas: Forward, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (2nd round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 1 goal, 9 assists, minus-1, 6 PIM in 6 games played
While Thomas is trying to round out how he plays and add more goals to his resume, he’s still been racking up assists, including two more since last week’s article. Like Dudas, Thomas is also tops at the faceoff dot, leading the league in faceoff attempts per game.
Keep in mind, this weekly tracker only covers prospects not playing professional hockey in North America. In essence, the report serves to provide updates on all players in the pipeline — signed or unsigned — excluding those in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL.