LA Kings Weekly Prospect Tracker, Week Ending October 25, 2020


As is the course of the season, our first follow up entails some highs and lows. We still await official word on several leagues starting, and until further notice, two prospects are removed due to their current inactive status.

As reported on Kings of the Podcast, Tyler Madden sustained an injury during a German exhibition game, so he came back to North America for further evaluation. Alex Turcotte, who contributed a helper last weekend, also returned to Los Angeles and he will be training in SoCal until further notice.

EUROPE

Lias Andersson: Forward, HV71, SEL (1st round pick in 2017)

Regular season: 2 goal, 3 assists, plus-0, 4 PIM in 5 games played

The most recent trade acquisition finally returned to action after a five game suspension and selling his car to pay the fine. He returned in style, as he pounced on a rebound to get his team on the board.

Tobias Björnfot: Defense, Djurgårdens IF, SEL (1st round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 0 goals, 1 assist, plus-1, 29 PIM in 6 games played

The latter of 2019 first round picks is still serving a suspension, and is expected to return on Halloween.

Aidan Dudas: Forward, Eisbären Berlin, DEL (4th round pick in 2018)

Regular season: N/A

Dudas remained in Germany with Akil Thomas and Jacob Ingham. They did not play in any exhibition matches this week, though they are expected to play in a tournament in November.

Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Södertälje SK, Allsvenskan (2nd round pick in 2019)

Regular season: 2 goals, 3 assists, minus-1, 0 PIM in 11 games played

It’s feast or famine for Fagemo, as his scoring drought has continued for six games. He opened the season with five points in his first five contests.

Helge Grans: Defense, Malmö Redhawks, SHL (2nd round pick in 2020)

Regular season: 2 goals, 4 assists, minus-6, 0 PIM in 9 games played

While on the topic of streaks, Grans saw his five-game momentum come to a halt. His six points this season has kept him tied for the team lead.

Carl Grundström: Forward, IF Björklöven , Allsvenskan (2nd round pick in 2016)

Regular season: 1 goal, 5 assists, plus-6, 6 PIM in 6 games played

An unfortunate collision with a teammate gave Grundstrom a concussion. He has been sidelined until further notice.

Jacob Ingham: Goalie, Eisbären Berlin, DEL (6th round pick in 2018)

Regular season: N/A

Ingham remained in Germany alongside Thomas and Dudas while Madden and Turcotte returned to

Aatu Jämsen: Forward, Pelicans U20, U20 SM-sarja (7th round pick in 2020)

Regular season: 9 goals, 19 assists, plus-13, 22 PIM in 12 games played

He fell down to second overall in the scoring race after he was blanked a couple times this week.

Juho Markkanen: Goalie, Ketterä, Mestis (4th round pick in 2020)

Regular season: 3-0-2, 2.35 GAA, .908 SV%, 1 SO in 5 games played

Markkanen made his lone start of the week count, as he stopped 28 shots for his first career professional shutout.

Jacob Moverare: Defense, SaiPa, Liiga (4th round pick in 2016)

Regular season: 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-4, 29 PIM in 7 games played

He played only once this week and did not record a point.

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

Regular season: 2 goals, 1 assist, plus-4, 2 PIM in 4 games played

As a reminder the world continues to struggle with the pandemic, KalPa has been quarantined due to exposure to COVID.

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

Regular season: 3-1-2, 3.64 GAA, .881 SV%, 0 Shutouts in 6 games played

The Czech league did not have any games play last week, as they have also shut down due to the pandemic.

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

Regular season: 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-8, 4 PIM in 13 games played

The lack of production does not indicate the quality of player in Shafigullin. Neftekhimik has the third lowest offensive output and the fourth worst record in the league.

Kasper Simontaival: Forward, Tappara, Liiga (3rd round pick in 2020)

Regular season: 0 goals, 1 assist, plus-2, 2 PIM in 4 games played (Liiga)
2 goals, 2 assists, minus-1, 0 PIM in 3 games played (Mestis)

To get some more playing time, Simontaival was loaned to his organization in Mestis. He found his rhythm rather quickly, tallying four points this week including the overtime winner.

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Akil Thomas: Forward, Eisbären Berlin, DEL (2nd round pick in 2018)

Regular season: NA

Thomas eagerly remained behind to participate in a mini tournament with Berlin.

NCAA + USHL

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

Regular season: NA

The preseason started for the USHL, and some Kings on Kings crime took place as Doyle and Dubuque took on Laferriere and Des Moines. The two exchanged assists as Des Moines came out on top, 3-2.

Brock Faber: Defense, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Big Ten (2nd round pick in 2020)

Regular season: NA

No additional news has been released for the start of collegiate hockey, so Faber still has his calendar marked to represent Team USA at the WJC.

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

Regular season: NA

The senior netminder lacks the luxury of hoping for the WJC, like many of his fellow prospects. Without an NCAA season and not able to sign a contract which would affect his senior season, Hrenák remains in limbo.

Alex Laferriere: Forward, Harvard Crimson, ECAC (3rd round pick in 2020)

Regular season: NA

In a head-to-head match against fellow Kings prospect Doyle, Laferriere earned a helper as the Buccaneers came out on top in exhibition.

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

Regular Season: NA

No news this week for Lee, who also awaits the NCAA season to start.

Ben Meehan: Defense, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East (6th round pick in 2020)

Regular Season: NA

Lee’s newest River Hawk and Kings teammate received no additional news regarding the season’s start date.

CANADIAN JUNIOR LEAGUES

Quinton Byfield, Forward, Sudbury Wolves, OHL (1st round pick in 2020)

Regular season: NA

As everyone awaits the OHL to provide more clarity and confidence in a season start date announcement, Byfield joined Soul on Ice, a podcast co-hosted by fellow prospect Akil Thomas.

Martin Chromiak, Forward, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL (5th round pick in 2020)

Regular season: NA

A quiet week passed for Chromiak. No news update.

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

Regular season: NA

While no news arose for Kaliyev, MayorsManor contributor Davis Green provided some additional analysis in a separate article about how the sniper’s goal production changed with differing levels of competition.

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

Regular season: 0 goals, 4 assists, minus-2, 6 PIM in 5 games played

Moncton was expected to be quarantined longer, yet they returned to action earlier in the week. After extending his scoring streak to three games, his four total points puts him as the team’s scoring leader.

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. Davis Green was the lead contributor in the gathering of information used in this article. You can find him on Twitter @davisgreen_.

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