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Seven LA Kings Prospects Land on The Athletic's Midseason Rankings

Newly acquired Tyler Madden gives Kings their seventh player on Top 72 Prospects List

by Jack Jablonski Jabs_13 / LAKings.com

The Athletic's Corey Pronman ranked the Top 72 NHL Prospects in his midseason report, and the LA Kings now have seven players on the list - more than any other NHL team.

The Kings top prospects have impressed in the first halves of their respective seasons, and a few of them have moved up from their preseason rankings.


No. 7 - Arthur Kaliyev, RW
Drafted: 33rd-overall (2019)

Kaliyev exploded our ot the gates for the Hamilton Bulldogs, and the 18-year-old forward has continued to impress in his third season the OHL.

Through the first 40 games of the season, Kaliyev has racked up 71 points (32-39=71) for the Bulldogs. He also added six points (4-2=6) for Team USA at the 2020 World Junior Championship.

Tweet from @LAKings: .@Arthur_Kaliyev blasts a one-timer into the back of the net on the power play to give @USAhockey a 1-0 lead over Team Russia 🇺🇸#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/fDY76aC8aq

"He's one of the best goal-scorers in the CHL and often had more than 10 shot attempts in a game," Pronman said. "Due to his shot and vision, he's an absolute weapon on the man advantage who can run a unit and pick apart defenses."

Video: Kings draft F Arthur Kaliyev No. 33


No. 15 - Alex Turcotte, C
Drafted: Fifth-overall (2019)

Turcotte stepped into the Big Ten with Wisconsin and hasn't looked out of place during his freshman season.

The 18-year-old has picked up 17 points (6-11=17) in 21 games with the Badgers. He also added two points (0-2=2) for Team USA at the 2020 WJC.

Watch: Youtube Video

"The core components are still there," Pronman said. "He's a great skater with a high skill level and brings a ton of energy to every shift. He hounds loose pucks and continues to attack the middle third of the ice without fear." 

Video: Getting to know a little more about Alex Turcotte


No. 27 - Rasmus Kupari, C
Drafted: 20th-overall (2018)

Kupari made the jump to North America to play his rookie season with the Ontario Reign before suffering a season-ending knee injury while playing for Team Finland at the 2020 WJC.

The 19-year-old scored his first professional goal in his debut with the Reign and finished his season with eight points (6-2=8) in 27 games.

Tweet from @LAKings: Rasmus Kupari scores his first professional goal in his first ever game with the @OntarioReign 🙌Bonus assist goes to @Matt_Luff25 for making sure to grab the very special souvenir for Kupari 🤗 pic.twitter.com/6WHuVn9rd4

"I see a player with a ton of talent," Pronman said. "He may not be the best playmaker in the world and the physicality of the AHL has been an adjustment, but I remain a believer in the player based on what I've seen the past few years."

Watch: Youtube Video


No. 33 - Tobias Bjornfot, D
Drafted: 22nd-overall (2019)

Bjornfot made the biggest jump in the rankings as he moved up 63 spots from his preseason position.

The 18-year-old Swedish defenseman began the season with the Kings and has found a home as a permanent fixture on the Reign blueline. He's picked up 11 points (3-8=11) in 30 games in the AHL.

Tweet from @LAKings: .@TobiasBjornfot scores a goal in his debut with the @OntarioReign 👏The 18-year-old Bjornfot also becomes the first player born in the 21st century to score a goal in AHL history 😅 pic.twitter.com/cBEIaD1p8C

Bjornfot also anchored Team Sweden's Bronze Medal-winning defense at the 2020 WJC.

"He's a very good skater with a lot of puck poise. He makes plays off the line and on exits but doesn't project as an elite offensive type. Rather he projects as a very solid two-way defenseman who makes a lot of stops and put up enough points to get a regular even strength shift."

Video: Getting to know a little more about Tobias Bjornfot


No. 40 - Tyler Madden, C
Drafted: 68th-overall (2018)

Madden, acquired in the deal that sent Tyler Toffoli to the Vancouver Canucks, adds even more depth to the Kings already deep prospect pool.

"Madden is a player with elite skill. His 1-on-1 ability is among the very best drafted prospects outside the NHL. And he is a very smart two-way center. He makes a lot of high-end plays and is a solid defensive center because of how smart he is and his quality on-ice work ethic," Pronman wrote in his trade deadline update.

Tweet from @Buccigross: Tyler Madden���s twisted wrister makes is 2-1 in Beanpot final. Madden (@Canucks 3rd rounder) is a Hobey Baker candidate. 18 goals in 26 games. Would think he will turn pro after Northeastern���s season. pic.twitter.com/e1e41hjSS4

The Deerfield, Fla. native is in his second season at Northeastern University and has amassed 65 points (31-34=65) in 63 appearances while helping the Huskies to a Hockey East Championship last season and back-to-back Beanpot titles (2019, 2020).

Watch: Youtube Video


No. 45 - Kale Clague, D
Drafted: 51st-overall (2016)

Clague also made a huge leap in Pronman's rankings as he moved up 60 spots from his preseason ranking.

The 21-year-old leads all Reign defensemen with 16 points (6-10=16) in 34 games and was named to the AHL All-Star Team.

Video: Kale Clague looks to add speed to the Kings defense

"He's taken on more defensive responsibility and shown he could be a top player for an AHL team. He's played a few games with the Kings this season, and I think he's getting close to full-time duty."

Tweet from @LAKings: "I thought I moved the puck well and I thought I was skating very well, so I'm happy with my game. It's just too bad we couldn't get the win. The nerves are gone now, though." - @KaleClague on his first NHL game#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/byg61ZBGF7


No. 53 - Samuel Fagemo, RW
Drafted: 50th-overall (2019)

Fagemo had a good start to his season with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, but his performance at the 2020 WJC is what really made him stand out.

The 19-year-old forward led all players in goals (8) and points (13) while earning a Bronze Medal with Team Sweden.

Watch: Youtube Video

He earned Player of the Game honors during Sweden's 5-2 win over Switzerland and he was named to the World Junior Championship All-Star Team.

"His most dangerous weapon is setting up to finish play. It's hard to ignore what Fagemo has done the past two seasons, be it his production on very good Frolunda teams in the SHL, or leading the recent World Junior tournament in goals and points."

Instagram from @samuelfagemo: Tack Sverige🙏🏻🥉

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