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Prospect Report: Mikey Anderson

Top LA Kings prospects are making their mark in the playoffs with their WHL, OHL and collegiate teams

by LA Kings @LAKings /

Even though the LA Kings 2018-2019 season has come to an end, several of the Kings top prospects are still competing for a championship in the OHL, WHL and NCAA.

Take a look at the top prospects:

Mikey Anderson

This past week, Anderson and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs won their second national championship as they beat the University of Massachusetts.

Anderson, who the Kings drafted in 2017, scored a goal in the championship game, one of three in a shutdown 3-0 victory at KeyBank Center.

Tweet from @NCAAIceHockey: Mikey Anderson gets loose in the slot and finds the back of the net to pad the @UMDMensHockey lead.2nd Period | UMass 0 | UMD 2#FrozenFour 🏆

Tweet from @mayorNHL: Few notes to pass along, confirming our previous reports on LA Kings prospects:- Cole Hults staying at Penn State (had strong 2nd half, LAK were encouraged)- Mikey Anderson is expected to turn pro after Frozen Four (will be huge add)- Kupari here next season, likely in AHL

Tweet from @UMDBulldogs: Boom!

Sean Durzi

The defenseman signed a three-year entry level contract after being picked up by the Kings in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this season. Durzi logged five assists in four consecutive games (0-5=5) from March 22 to 28, contributing to the Guelph Storm's series sweep over the Kitchener Rangers.

During their series against the London Knights, defenseman Drew Doughty stopped by the Storm's locker room before Game 6 to provide some words of encouragement. It must have worked, since the Storm went on to complete an epic comeback to win the series. They'll face the Saginaw Spirit for the Western Conference Championship.

Tweet from @OHLCollective: Sean Durzi and Riley Damiani Sign their NHL Entry-Level��Contracts

Tweet from @OHLHockey: Congrats @seandurzi!#OHL defenceman from @Storm_City has signed his #NHL entry-level contract with @LAKings.DETAILS 📝:


Tweet from @OHLHockey: Nothing better than a Game 7 winner 🌪#BestOfOHL pass by @seandurzi and finish by @Storm_City captain @isaacratcliffe who is the hero in his hometown London.#OHLPlayoffs | #LDNvsGUE

Blake Lizotte

Lizotte made his NHL Debut with Kings on April 6 against Vegas Golden Knights, shortly after he signed a three-year entry level contracwith the organization. 

"My whole family just lives, breathes, eats, sleeps hockey, so it's exciting," Lizotte said to LA Kings Insider.

Tweet from @LAKings: NCHC First Team All-Star and Huskies second-leading scorer Blake Lizotte has signed an entry-level deal with the LA Kings and will report directly to the team.

Tweet from @LAKings: We're happy to have you in the LA Kings organization, Blake Lizotte! 🙌

Tweet from @LAKings: This is Blake Lizotte 👑Everyone say hi to @BLizotte28 👋#GoKingsGo

Aidan Dudas

Dudas made his professional debut for the Ontario Reign on April 3, where he collected a pair of assists, the first points of his professional career. Prior to signing, he recorded a multi-goal (2-0=2) performance in the Owen Sound's final game in Portland.

Tweet from @ontarioreign: First pro point for @AidanDudas, with a nice dish to Zack Mitchell, who scores his second of the night!@LAKings l @AttackOHL

Tweet from @AttackOHL: Congratulations to Aidan Dudas and Trent Bourque! They've signed Amateur Tryout Contracts for the remainder of the season with the Ontario Reign and the Belleville Senators, respectively! Best of luck for the remainder of the season.#HearTheSound

Tweet from @ontarioreign: Pro Game #������1������ in the books!@AidanDudas l @LAKings

Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Currently in playoffs with the Spokane Chiefs, Anderson-Dolan has put up 10 points in 10 games (3-7=10). Most recently on April 13, he notched an assist (0-1=1) against the Everett Silvertips, contributing to the Chief's series-clinching victory.

He and the Chiefs will face the Vancouver Giants in the Western Conference Finals, beginning on Friday. 

Tweet from @TheWHL: . @LAKings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan opens the scoring for Spokane!#SPOvsPOR| #WHLPlayoffs

Tweet from @spokanechiefs: Rollin' into the office on Monday like... #GoChiefsGo #WHLPlayoffs

Austin Strand

Strand extended his scoring streak to four games after he scored two goals on April 10 against the Stockton Heat, the first multi-goal game of Strand's professional career and his third multi-point game of the season. 

Tweet from @ontarioreign: Austin Strand after his first two-goal game as a pro, and a big 7-2 win in Stockton!

Tweet from @ontarioreign: First career multi-goal game as a pro for #���2���!

Tweet from @ontarioreign: strAND 1

Akil Thomas

Thomas recorded four points (2-2=4) in five games, helping the Niagara IceDogs clinch the series against the North Bay Battalion.

In the next series against the Oshawa Generals, Thomas registered two points (1-1=2) in three appearances, however the IceDogs were eliminated from the OHL Playoffs after losing the series 4-2.

Thomas signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings on March 16.

Tweet from @OHLIceDogs: Today's lookin a lot like Akil

Tweet from @OHLIceDogs: WELCOME BACK, @AkilThomas2! #BornReady #NIAGvsOSH #GoKingsGo

Tweet from @OHLIceDogs: OH SO CLOSE 🔱@AkilThomas2 | #BornReady #NIAGvsOSH #GoKingsGo

Tweet from @AkilThomas2: Extremely excited and honoured to announce that I���ve officially signed my first nhl contract with the @lakings ! Wanna thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their endless���

Matt Villalta

On March 29, Villalta stopped 20-of-24 shots faced against the Owen Sound, recording his fourth consecutive playoff win and helping the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds clinch the series against Owen Sound.

Then, on April 14 against the Saginaw Spirit, Villalta stopped 21-of-25 shots faced, but the Greyhounds were ultimately eliminated from the playoffs. 

Tweet from @Andy_Scott15: Matt Villalta OHL Season Highlights:5th in Wins (33)Greyhounds Unsung Hero Award.903 Save Percentage#Octagon

Tweet from @caitlinsports: Brilliant save by Matt Villalta as he comes across to rob Hugg. Wow. @OHLHoundPower #OHL

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