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Getting to Know: LA Kings No. 33 Pick Arthur Kaliyev

The right winger from Uzbekistan was considered a steal when he was selected by the Kings in the early second round

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Early in the second round of the NHL Draft, with the 33rd overall pick, the LA Kings selected Arthur Kaliyev from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Kaliyev models his play after Rick Nash, seeing himself as a strong, offensive player who can make plays.

And his Bulldogs coach Vince Laise agrees.

"Arthur is one of the most dynamic players I've coached in the OHL in my six years here," Laise said. "I coached Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. In my opinion, Arthur is just as good a player as either of those two. He's been as coachable as they come and a pleasure to work with."

Video: Kings draft F Arthur Kaliyev No. 33

What does he bring to them team?

"Offense, creating scoring chances, playmaking," Kaliyev said of his play. He's a natural goal scorer thanks in part to his absolute 'weapon' of a shot that is not only strong but accurate.

Just last season, he tallied 102 points in 67 games, scoring 51 goals and racking up 51 assists. 

The Fast Facts:

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Birthday: June 26, 2001

Height and weight: 6'2" and 194 pounds

Hometown: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Favorite hockey memory: OHL Campionship

Most looking forward to about being in LA: Seeing the city 

Favorite artist/song: Drake

People might be surprised to learn that you: Play tennis

Person you admire most: Parents

Favorite Kings player: Anze Kopitar

Favorite podcast: NHL, Spittin' Chiclets 

Last meal would be: Chicken & pasta

Would most like to have dinner with: Lebron James

Favorite TV show: Family Guy

Favorite holiday: New Years

Most used emoji: 😂

Biggest pet peeve: Lateness

Biggest obsession: Hockey

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