Featured Prospect - Arthur Kaliyev
The most recent edition of the LA Kings prospect report went out in late October, with Arthur Kaliyev lighting up the OHL. It's been two weeks, and Kaliyev has not played a game since without scoring a goal, as he's now done in six straight contests dating back to October 27.
It's been a strong start to the season for Kaliyev, who has tallied 12 points (7-5-12) over that six-game span. The 18-year-old winger is on a blistering pace out of the gates, averaging over a goal per game with 21 markers through just 20 games played.
Kaliyev leads the OHL in goals and shots on goal (109), while he ranks second in points with 38.
Kaliyev was named as the OHL's Player of the Month for October, as he tallied a point in all but one game during the month.
As has been noted in previous prospect reports, Kaliyev has been a one-man band at times, with nearly 30% of his team's goals scored this season. The second-round selection in 2019 has also picked up a point on 54% of his team's goals this season.
Forward Alex Turcotte had a big weekend as Wisconsin skated to a split from a pair of games against Omaha.
Turcotte collected a goal and an assist in the Badgers' 5-2 win on Friday evening, before he tallied both of his team's goals in a 5-2 defeat on Saturday in his second multi-goal game of the season. With the three goals on the weekend, Turcotte was named the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week.
Overall, Turcotte has amassed 12 points (6-6-12) from eight games played this season, tied for the team lead in overall scoring. Turcotte has four multi-point games so far on the season and leads all Wisconsin skaters with four power-play tallies.
Forward Akil Thomas helped lead Team OHL to a victory in Game 3 of the CIBC Canada/Russia Series. Thomas, representing the OHL amongst the top Canadian-born players in the league, assisted on his team's game-winning goal and found the back of the net for a goal of his own in the third period.
With his primary club, the Niagara Ice Dogs, Thomas collected four points (2-2-4) in a 5-4 win over Hamilton. Thomas leads his team with 27 points (9-18-27) from 17 games played, which is tied for ninth most across the OHL and ranks third in the league in power-play assists (10) and shots on goal (80).
The Ice Dogs captain also showcased his versatility by suiting up for a game on defense last week with the team shorthanded.
The Ontario Reign goaltender continues to carry the load for the Kings' AHL affiliate. Petersen has started all 14 games played this season and has posted an 8-4-2 record to pace the AHL in wins on the season.
Petersen also leads all goaltenders leaguewide in minutes played, saves and shots faced and has made 130 saves more than the next closest goaltender, Manitoba's Mikhail Berdin. Over the weekend, Petersen and the Reign played in the goaltender's home state of Iowa, as Ontario earned a split from a pair of games played.
Petersen was also the latest guest on the Reigny Day Podcast, recorded in his home state!
Forward Bulat Shafigulin has collected 16 points (9-7-16) from just 12 MHL (junior division in Russia) games played this season with Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. Shafigullin's 16 points rank fourth on the team, despite the young forward appearing in less than half of his team's games played.
On the season, Shafigullin ranks second amongst players in the MHL with double-digit games played with 1.33 points-per-game. He recorded a hat trick in a 3-2 overtime win on November 4 and has collected multiple points six times on the season.
The 19-year-old winger, drafted in the third round by the Kings in 2018, is also contracted to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL but has yet to appear in a game this season in that league.
Defenseman Austin Strand put in his best week of the season, on route to being named as the Reign's Player of the Week.
Strand found the back of the net on Wednesday in Colorado, his first goal of the season, before he scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 3-2, comeback win for Ontario over Iowa on Saturday.
With the Reign trailing 2-1, Strand one-timed home a Matt Luff feed to tie the game at two, before he scored with just 2:31 left in regulation to put Ontario ahead late. Strand now leads all Reign blueliners with three goals and is tied for the team lead with six points amongst defensemen.
Defenseman Jordan Spence skated in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series as well, as he represented Team QMJHL. Spence played in a pair of games against Team Russia and collected an assist, along with a +3 rating, as the teams split the contests.
With the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats, Spence has amassed 17 points (1-16-17) from 19 games played.
The fourth-round selection of the Kings in 2019, Spence is tied for second in the QMJHL in assists by a defenseman this season, and is tied for sixth in points amongst blueliners.