Rumors Kings Re-Sign Akil Thomas


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Jul 28, 2004
The Kings have signed their final remaining restricted free agent, announcing they’ve inked forward Akil Thomas to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay the NHL minimum of $775K at the NHL level.

The 23-year-old was a second-round pick by Los Angeles back in 2018 (51st overall) and was a prolific point producer at the OHL level, recording 186 points in just 112 games in his two post-draft seasons. That helped Thomas earn an entry-level deal back in 2019, one that expired at the end of last month.

However, Thomas spent the entirety of that entry-level pact in the minors with AHL Ontario. He got off to a nice start last season with the Reign, picking up five goals and three assists in 13 games. However, in mid-November, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, undergoing surgery soon thereafter. It’s the second time Thomas has had shoulder trouble; he had double-shoulder surgery back in 2021.

In his career, Thomas has just 93 professional games under his belt with Ontario where he has done relatively well, totaling 24 goals and 23 assists. He will be waiver-eligible in the fall so he’ll need to pass through unclaimed if he’s to return to the Reign. But with a little over a year’s worth of cumulative professional experience and coming off another shoulder surgery, it seems like there’s a good chance he’ll be able to do so successfully and will try to show that he’s fully recovered in the fall with Ontario, trying to earn his first NHL recall from there.

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