Seven LA Kings Prospects will be participating in the 2020 World Junior Championships tournament. That starts November 26 through January 5th. Let’s take a look at who they are.
On Team USA Prospects
Center Alex Turcotte
Turcotte was selected in the 2019 NHL Draft as a fifth pick by the Kings.
The fast facts:
Birthday: February 26, 2001
Height and weight: 5’11, 180 pounds
Hometown: Island Lake, Illinois
Favorite hockey memory: Winning the U17 World Championship
Turcotte scored 27 goals and had 62 points in 37 exhibitions and USHL games last season, centering the second line, just behind first overall pick Jack Hughes.
Alex’s dad, Alfie, was drafted 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He played for the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals.
Left-Wing – Arthur Kaliyev
The Fast Facts:
Position: Right Wing
Birthday: June 26, 2001
Height and weight: 6’2″ and 194 pounds
Hometown: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Favorite hockey memory: OHL Championship
Just last season, he tallied 102 points in 67 games, scoring 51 goals and racking up 51 assists in the OHL.
In Team Canada Prospects
Center Akil Thomas
Thomas, a 5-11, 177-pound 18-year old (born on Jan. 2, 2000) from Scarborough, Ontario, totaled 81 points (22-59=81), a plus-6 rating and 36 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season games this past season. Thomas ranked fifth in the OHL in assists and ranked second on the IceDogs in points. He also produced over a point per game during the postseason, recording 11 points (5-6=11) in 10 postseason games.
Internationally, Thomas captured gold with Team Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial where he tied for second on the team with six points (2-4=6) in five games. He also represented his country twice at the Under-18 World Championship (2018 and 2017).
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.
Forward Aidan Dudas
The Kings selected forward Aidan Dudas of Parry Sound, Ontario, in the fourth round (113th overall).
The 5-7, 164-pounder 18-year old (born on June 15, 2000) recorded 65 points (31-34=65), a plus-1 rating and 12 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season games with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack this past season. His 31 goals tied for second on the team and his 65 points ranked third on his club. He added another seven points (3-4=7) in 11 postseason games.
Dudas also captured gold with Team Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, recording one goal in five games, and he played for Team Canada at 2018 Under 18 World Championship.
Team Sweden Prospects
Left-Wing Samuel Fagemo
Samuel Fagemo was drafted by the LA Kings 50th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. He is signed by the Kings and tends to play LW and RW.
The Fast Facts:
Position: Left Wing
Birthday: March 14, 2000
Height and weight: 6’0″ and 190 pounds
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Favorite hockey memory: SHL Championship
Defense Tobias Bjornfot
The LA Kings selected Swedish defenseman Tobias Bjornfot with the 22nd overall pick in the NHL Draft. He is also a signed player for the Kings.
The Fast Facts:
Birthday: April 6, 2001
Height and weight: 6’0″ and 203 pounds
Hometown: Upplands Vasby, Sweden
Favorite hockey memory: Winning a U18 Gold Medal
And Finally for Team Finland Prospects
- Kim Nousiainen
- Born: November 14, 2000
- Birthplace: LEPPAVIRTA, FIN
- Shoots: Left
- Draft: 2019 LAK, 4th rd, 26th pk (119th overall)
He is not signed with the Kings as of yet and has not played an NHL game yet. But his stats on https://www.eliteprospects.com/ are from the Finland U2O team.
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