LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending January 20, 2020


While the parent club concluded another leg of the regular season up until the all-star break, future Kings and hopeful professionals continue in their own respective leagues.

EUROPE

Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 7 goals, 6 assists, plus-0, 6 PIM in 24 games played

The Swedish speedster was held off the scoresheet in the SHL. In CHL action, he picked up an assist in, which helped push the Indians to a 3-1 win in a rematch. Due to goal differential, Frölunda advanced to the CHL final against Czech Republic’s Mountfield – currently managed by former Kings player Jaroslav Bednar. Mark your calendars for February 4, when the two teams are scheduled to meet.

Jacob Moverare: Defense, Frölunda HC, SHL (4th round pick in 2016)

Regular season: 5 goals, 7 assists, plus-14, 10 PIM in 33 games played

One of our honorable mentions had a quiet overall week, as he failed to put up a point for the Indians in three games played.

Kim Nousiainen: Defense, KalPa, Liiga (4th round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 3 goals, 6 assists, minus-5, 24 PIM in 33 games played

There was no movement on Nousiainen’s numbers this week, as he was out with the flu. We expect him to return by the end of this coming week.

Bulat Shafigullin: Forward, Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, KHL (3rd round pick in 2018)

Regular season: 9 goals, 8 assists, plus-7, 10 PIM in 12 games played (MHL)

0 goals, 0 assists, minus-1, 0 PIM in 2 games played (KHL)

The Russian forward has not yet returned to action since November, and there are currently no updates to his return.

NCAA + USHL

Braden Doyle: Defense, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL (6th round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 6 goals, 15 assists, plus-9, 4 PIM in 30 games played

Doyle played one game this week, and he didn’t register a point. He was on the ice for the lone goal against, a short-handed goal, where he was unable to muscle the would-be scorer off the puck.

Dávid Hrenák: Goalie, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCHC (5th round pick in 2018)

Regular season: 7-7-4, 2.84 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO in 20 games played

Perhaps the Slovak stopper was more motivated than usual this week, since he lost to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Championship last year. He made 59 saves on 60 shots over the weekend, and one such bout was a 27-save shutout.

Cole Hults: Defense, Penn State Nittany Lions, Big Ten (5th round pick in 2017)
Regular season: 4 goals, 16 assists, plus-14, 18 PIM in 24 games played

While Penn State was blanked in their first bout against Michigan, Hults picked up a helper on the game-tying goal in the dying minutes of regulation in game two. He’s also earned himself a bit of an iron man reputation, as he has not missed a game since putting on Penn State gear.

Andre Lee: Forward, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East (7th round pick in 2019)

Regular Season: 7 goals, 11 assists, plus-7, 16 PIM in 22 games played

Andre Lee’s scoring streak extended to three games, picking up a goal and two assists. One such helper this week was less than two minutes into the bout, as he battled with a defender to free the puck so his line mate could break in and score.

Alex Turcotte: Forward, Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten (1st round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 6 goals, 10 assists, minus-10, 14 PIM in 20 games played

Turcotte had another weekend where he failed to put up a point, but as usual, it’s not from lack of effort. He’s often lined up with Cole Caufield and one of Dylan Holloway or Linus Weissbach, and he has set up Caufield multiple times. The line was sent out frequently after generating momentum for the Badgers, but the scoring has just not been there. Turcotte’s last goal was November 9, and he has just one assist in his past 10 games. He received what looked like a headshot, but he didn’t miss any time as a result of the hit.

CANADIAN JUNIOR LEAGUES

Aidan Dudas: Forward, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (4th round pick in 2018)

Regular season: 11 goals, 22 assists, plus-11, 10 PIM in 33 games played

Owen Sound has been keeping their collective heads above water in the standings, as they are tied with Erie for the bottom two playoff spots. Dudas has contributed an assist in his efforts, helping the team to a 2-1 record this week. He found other ways to have fun since our last update.

Jacob Ingham: Goalie, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (6th round pick in 2018)

Regular season: 21-4-4, 2.65 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO in 29 games played

Ingham saw his individual numbers take a mild hit when he allowed seven goals in the two games he played this week. Both performances were victories, so the team benefited as a whole.

Arthur Kaliyev: Forward, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL (2nd round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 31 goals, 38 assists, plus-4, 20 PIM in 36 games played

It was an uncharacteristically quiet week for Kaliyev. One game was rescheduled due to issues with the ice system. In the one meetup with Ottawa, the sniper found himself penciled on the third line to start. He didn’t score, and Hamilton was blanked by the 67’s. He hasn’t had a scoring drought longer than a game this season, so look for him to get back on the scoresheet soon.

Lukáš Pařík: Goalie, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (3rd round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 11-4-2, 2.81 GAA, .913 SV%, 0 Shutouts in 18 games played

The native of Czech Republic had a forgettable week, unfortunately. He found himself chased out of the net early in the second period, then let in four goals en route to a 5-3 loss in his next opportunity.

Markus Phillips: Defense, London Knights, OHL (4th round pick in 2017)

Regular Season: 0 goals, 1 assist, plus-0, 0 PIM in 5 games played

A steady presence on the blueline is just what the doctor ordered for London, and Phillips is the prescription. The Knights have rolled to a 4-1 record since acquiring the native of Toronto, Ontario, and they’ve held the opposition to two goals or less in four of the games. Phillips was not brought in to be a scorer, and his revitalized style as a stay-at-home defenseman has been key to bolstering an already strong roster.

Jordan Spence: Defense, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL (4th round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 5 goals, 27 assists, plus-23, 18 PIM in 38 games played

Three points in a game isn’t common for defensemen, but Spence had his first three-point performance since Halloween. For the first time in his career, he potted two goals in one contest.

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Akil Thomas: Forward, Peterborough Petes, OHL (2nd round pick in 2018)

Regular season: 16 goals, 39 assists, plus-10, 34 PIM in 31 games played

Since Thomas’ trade to Peterborough, he has been a valuable asset. He picked up a goal and ten assists in four bouts, having a hand in 58% of the team’s scoring. He’s riding a five-game scoring streak, which started in his tilt game for Niagara. During that streak, he’s tallied four times twice.

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.

NOTE: Author David Hofreiter can be found on Twitter @Davidenkness if you’re interested in talking more hockey with him or asking further questions about these players.

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