The LA Kings have acquired the rights to unsigned draft choice Bokondji "Boko" Imama (boh-khan-JEE, ih-MA-ma) from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the Kings seventh-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The trade is conditioned on the Kings signing Imama to an NHL contract before Thursday's (June 1) 2 p.m. PT signing deadline.
Imama, a 6-foot-1, 221-pound forward and an assistant captain, played in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season, recording 41 goals and 55 points to go along with 105 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. He led all Sea Dogs skaters in goals, was fifth for points and was third for penalty minutes.
Imama and Saint John recently won the QMJHL Championship before advancing to the semi-final round of the 2017 Memorial Cup, where they lost to the OHL Champion Erie Otters. He registered eight goals and 15 points in 18 QMJHL playoff games in 2017.
The Montreal, Quebec native (whose parents immigrated from Democratic Republic of Congo) has played in 276 career QMJHL regular season games with Saint John and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, recording 71 goals and 123 points along with 463 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating.
He is coming off career highs for goals, power play goals with 14, game-winning goals with eight and points in 2016-17. Imama has appeared in 52 career QMJHL playoff games with the Sea Dogs and Drakkar, recording nine goals and 24 points.
Imama was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 180th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.