This past week, the Kings traded a couple beloved players in Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell, which initiated the next step in Rob Blake’s plan to make room for the youth. As Los Angeles harvests from their farm team, look for some of these prospects to find their way in Ontario either at the end of this season or during the 2020-21 campaign.
Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 9 goals, 9 assists, plus-0, 6 PIM in 28 games played
Fagemo and Frölunda had plenty of reasons to celebrate last week, as they won the CHL Championship game, concluding the premier league which features the top European teams. Los Angeles’ second-round pick was also invited to represent Sweden in a short tournament during SHL’s break. He has scored two goals and picked up an assist in two games, showing once again he finds ways to put up points wherever he goes.
CHL Champs 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/vqHqH0VTrf
— Samuel Fagemo (@samuelfagemo) February 5, 2020
— Anton Johansson (@antonj85) February 9, 2020
Jacob Moverare: Defense, Frölunda HC, SHL (4th round pick in 2016)
Regular season: 6 goals, 8 assists, plus-13, 10 PIM in 37 games played
As Fagemo experienced joys and successes with the Frölunda Indians, so too did his teammate in Moverare. Unlike his forward counterpart, the Swedish blueliner started a vacation after winning the CHL title, as the SHL has a break until February 13.
Kim Nousiainen: Defense, KalPa, Liiga (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 4 goals, 8 assists, minus-4, 24 PIM in 39 games played
Nousiainen scored a goal last week, which put him in a tie for the scoring lead among defensemen on his team. Across the entire league, he has pushed himself up to sixth overall in rookie scoring.
Defenseman Kim Nousiainen gave the go-ahead goal for KalPa in the first period vs Ässät. Great play reading and finish from the #LAKings prospect as he jumps into the attack. @JFTC_Kings pic.twitter.com/nQYV09G648
— Finnish Jr Hockey (@FINjrhockey) February 4, 2020
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)
An injury continued to keep him sitting out since November. No updates have been provided.
NCAA + USHL
Braden Doyle: Defense, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL (6th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 7 goals, 21 assists, plus-14, 8 PIM in 37 games played
The Boston University commit extended his scoring streak to three games, picking up an assist in each. His 28 points places him third overall in blueliner scoring – an impressive feat considering the Fighting Saints are allowing the fewest goals in the USHL.
Dávid Hrenák: Goalie, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCHC (5th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 10-8-5, 2.73 GAA, .903 SV%, 2 SO in 26 games played
St. Cloud found their overall team performance improving, and Hrenák’s efforts had a hand in it. The team, as well as the Slovak goaltender, went 1-0-1 last weekend, allowing four goals total.
Cole Hults: Defense, Penn State Nittany Lions, Big Ten (5th round pick in 2017)
Regular season: 7 goals, 20 assists, plus-21, 18 PIM in 30 games played
After he went the previous weekend without a point, the aspiring pro potted two goals and an assist in a back-to-back matchup against Ohio State. The Nittany Lions went 1-0-1, which should maintain their overall standings in collegiate hockey.
Second times’ the charm for Cole Hults pic.twitter.com/zoXUddMUCi
— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) February 8, 2020
Andre Lee: Forward, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East (7th round pick in 2019)
Regular Season: 7 goals, 11 assists, plus-8, 20 PIM in 26 games played
Expectations are never high for a seventh-round pick, and while Lee’s extended his scoreless streak to four games after being blanked for a second straight weekend, the hulking freshman is still growing into his body and role.
Alex Turcotte: Forward, Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten (1st round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 6 goals, 11 assists, minus-9, 14 PIM in 21 games played
Though he returned to practicing with his teammates last week, Turcotte did not travel with Wisconsin to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He missed his fifth straight bout, but we expect a return soon.
Even though he returned to practice this week, Kings prospect Alex Turcotte didn't travel for Wisconsin's weekend series in Michigan. Remains out with lower body injury.
Hopeful for a return next weekend – Kings on Kings crime vs Cole Hults (Penn State).https://t.co/W16zsyCYB3
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) February 7, 2020
CANADIAN JUNIOR LEAGUES
Aidan Dudas: Forward, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (4th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 14 goals, 29 assists, plus-14, 14 PIM in 36 games played
A four-point performance on Thursday pushed Dudas to the top of the team in points-per-game.
Jacob Ingham: Goalie, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (6th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 25-5-5, 2.74 GAA, .923 SV%, 2 SO in 35 games played
Ingham picked up another pair of wins this past week, turning aside 39 shots in back-to-back games.
Arthur Kaliyev: Forward, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 37 goals, 42 assists, plus-1, 24 PIM in 46 games played
Even though the sniper’s scoring has tapered off, he picked up at least a point in three of the four tilts last week. His total for the week was three goals and an assist.
— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) February 8, 2020
— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) February 8, 2020
Lukáš Pařík: Goalie, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (3rd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 15-6-2, 2.99 GAA, .908 SV%, 0 Shutouts in 24 games played
The Czech import won both games he played in last week, including a 42-save performance during a 7-6 overtime win.
Markus Phillips: Defense, London Knights, OHL (4th round pick in 2017)
Regular Season: 2 goals, 2 assists, plus-15, 2 PIM in 12 games played
Phillips continued to help stabilize the blueline for London, who extended their current winning streak to 10 games. He didn’t score last weekend, but this streak has pushed them to the top of the division and second overall in the OHL.
Jordan Spence: Defense, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 7 goals, 32 assists, plus-33, 24 PIM in 46 games played
Spence put up an assist over the past week. He’s not blowing the league away as a defenseman, but he’s still top five among blueliners in the QMJHL. What makes his offensive output more impressive is he only has eight powerplay points, as opposed to the four ahead of him with 26, 15, 13, and 20 points with the man advantage.
Jordan Spence is on 🔥 and on the Atlantic Heating & Cooling Solutions Hot Streak of the Week! Spence put up big numbers last week — 6 points (2G, 4A) in 3 games, and was solid defensively with a +4. Good stuff, Jordan.#DefendTheDen pic.twitter.com/JfcxJsT9kr
— Moncton Wildcats (@monctonwildcats) February 3, 2020
Akil Thomas: Forward, Peterborough Petes, OHL (2nd round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 19 goals, 49 assists, plus-11, 41 PIM in 40 games played
Team Canada’s hero saw his 13-game point-scoring streak come to a halt on Saturday. It was the first time wearing a Petes uniform he had been blanked. Prior to Saturday, he picked up 24 points (4 G, 20 A) in 12 games for the Petes. This past week, he scored his 100th career OHL goal and 299th career point.
. @LAKings' prospect Akil Thomas makes it look easy on the breakaway.
— Tate Harris (@tateharris9) February 7, 2020
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.