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
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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