The LA Kings have signed forward Bokondji "Boko" Imama to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The 20-year-old Imama (born Aug 3, 1996) is a 6-1, 221-pound native of Montreal, Quebec who appeared in 66 regular-season games this past season with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), posting 55 points (41-14=55), a plus-11 rating and 105 penalty minutes while serving as the assistant captain for the second year.
He led the team in goals (tied for seventh in the league), tied for first in power-play goals (14; tied for sixth in the league), ranked fifth in points, and set career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. He appeared in 18 playoff games, posting 15 points (8-7=15), a plus-17 rating and 22 penalty minutes to help the Sea Dogs win the QMJHL Championship. Saint John lost in the semi-final of the Memorial Cup to the OHL Champion Erie Otters.
His rights were acquired yesterday from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, conditional on Imama signing with the Kings. He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth-round (180th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Imama played five seasons in the QMJHL between the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, posting 123 points (71-52=123), a plus-19 rating and 463 penalty minutes in 276 regular-season games. He also posted 24 points (9-15=24), a plus-22 rating and 66 penalty minutes in 51 playoff games.