Manor LA Kings Prospect Tracker: Week Ending February 4, 2024

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Once again, it’s time for our weekly recap of what’s been happening in the AHL with LA’s prospects.

The following reports are from games played through end of day Sunday, February 4th.

ONTARIO REIGN (AHL)


Due to the Ontario Reign featuring a large volume of LA Kings prospects this season, each tracker will feature a select number of them on a rotating basis – largely culled from key performances for the prior week.

Game 1: Ontario lose 6-3 to rival Colorado

Game 2: Reign still can’t get around the Eagles, lose 5-2

Game 3: Wranglers take down the Reign 3-1

Samuel Helenius, LIIGA-JYP, Center (59th overall in 2021)

2023-2024 Stats: 8 goals, 4 assists, plus-1, 42 PIM in 42 games played

After taking a pass from fellow Finn Kim Nousiainen at the blue line, Helenius streaked in from the right side and squeezed a shot past the goaltender to tie the game against the Eagles in the first of the two meetings. His New Year’s scoring spike puts him in a three-way tie for fourth in goals on the Reign.

Sammy with the wrist shot from the right side!!#ReignTrain | #COLvsONT pic.twitter.com/I3a6n6ALO8

— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 31, 2024


Tyler Madden, Center (Acquired via trade with VAN)

2023-2024 Stats: 8 goals, 7 assists, minus-7, 8 PIM in 44 games played

Madden had a primary assist in the first game against the Eagles. Engaged in a board battle near the right circle, Madden applied a firm cross-check to knock a defender off him and used the newly created space to feed Taylor Ward’s one-timer from the slot with a clean backhander.

Ontario Reign GOOOOOAAAAL #ReignTrain | #COLvsONT pic.twitter.com/sLpUywdps3

— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 31, 2024


Akil Thomas, Center (51st overall in 2018)

2023-2024 Stats: 15 goals, 17 assists, even plus/minus, 32 PIM in 44 games played

The Real Deal racked up another two assists this week. Picking up a secondary helper against the Eagles, Thomas drove zone possession and cycled the puck, eventually feeding the point for a one-timer that was deflected for a goal. He added a primary assist against the Wranglers by banking the puck off the boards and into center ice for Taylor Ward to drive the net with.

First AHL goal for Cody Haiskanen!#ReignTrain | #COLvsONT pic.twitter.com/Z2IBExVjH4

— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 31, 2024


.@tward74 beats goaltender Wolf to tie the game!#ReignTrain | #CGYvsONT | @SanAntonioHosp pic.twitter.com/FtbEqLGJIf

— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) February 4, 2024


OHL (Junior Hockey)


Kaleb Lawrence, London Knights, Right Wing (215th overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats
London Knights: 2 goals, 3 assists, Plus-2, 15 PIM in 11 games played
Ottawa 67’s: 10 goals, 8 assists, plus-1, 2 PIM in 30 games played

Lining up as the Knights third line center, Lawrence helped his team win all four of its games this week. He had four high-danger shots and won 62% of his faceoffs.

Matthew Mania, Sudbury Wolves, Defenseman (150th overall in 2023)

2023-2024 Stats: 3 goals, 14 assists, plus-7, 16 PIM in 27 games played

In a 4-3 victory over the IceDogs, Mania lobbed a puck from well within his end of the ice and into the neutral zone for a primary assist. He played two more games this week, having an even plus/minus with two SOG. The blueliner started on the top pairing but was demoted to the third pairing for the week’s final outing.

#GoKingsGo prospect Matthew Mania got a helper on this https://t.co/IfmaCTSLJK

— The Armchair Scout (He/Him) (@Davidenkness) February 2, 2024


QMJHL (Junior Hockey)


Angus Booth, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, LH Defensemen (116th overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats
Baie-Comeau Drakkar: 0 goals, 2 assists, plus-11, 15 PIM in 12 games played
Shawinigan Cataractes: 2 goals, 13 assists, plus-6, 26 PIM in 31 games played

Returning from his suspension, Booth had three SOG, five hits, and was a plus-1 in the three outings Drakkar had this week. He mostly played third-pairing minutes but was elevated to the top pair in a 6-1 win.

WHL (Junior Hockey)


Koehn Ziemmer, Prince George Cougars, Right Wing (78th overall in 2023)

2023-2024 Stats: 11 goals, 20 assists, plus-7, 11 PIM in 20 games played

Ziemmer remains out with an ankle injury suffered in late November. His return date is TBD.

Jakub Dvorak, Swift Current Broncos, LH Defenseman (54th overall in 2023)

2023-2024 Stats
WHL-Swift Current: 0 goals, 5 assists, plus-11, 2 PIM in 10 games played
Czechia-Bili Tygri Liberec: 2 goals, 1 assist, plus-5, 20 PIM in 19 games played
Czechia U20-Bili Tygri Liberec: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus-4, 2 PIM in 3 games played

Dvorak is starting to find his footing in North America, helping the Broncos earn back-to-back shutouts while anchoring the top defensive pairing. They lost their final game in overtime, 5-4 to the Wheat Kings. In this week’s matches, the huge Czech had three assists, eight high-danger shots, and was an impressive plus-9.

Jakub Dvorak creates scoring chance with a point shot. #LAKings 02Feb24 pic.twitter.com/8d8nOYSGsp

— Nick Lopez (@nicklopez1771) February 6, 2024


Secondary assist for #GoKingsGo prospect Jakub Dvorak, but he was the driving force – intelligent glove down + entry, puck protection, then no-look spin pass. https://t.co/7zKbvsoJdZ

— The Armchair Scout (He/Him) (@Davidenkness) February 4, 2024


USHL


Hampton Slukynsky, Fargo Force, Goalie (118th overall in 2023)

2023-2024 Stats: 1.76 GAA, .919 SV%, 3 SO, 17 wins, and 1 assist in 20 games played

Slukynsky continues to rack up the wins. This week, he made 20 saves on 22 shots to help the Force trample the Stampede 7-2.

BCHL


Jack Sparkes, Chilliwack Chiefs, RH Defenseman (180th overall in 2022)

2022-2023 Stats
BCHL-Chilliwack: 1 goal, 4 assists, and 56 penalty minutes in 17 games played
USHL-Muskegon: 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-4, 23 PIM in 14 games played

The Chiefs won both of their games this week. Sparkes did not contribute with any significant stats.

COLLEGE HOCKEY (NCAA)


Ryan Conmy, Univ. of New Hampshire, Right Wing (182nd overall in 2023)

2023-2024 Stats: 12 goals, 12 assists, plus-9, 8 PIM in 22 games played

Conmy did not suit up for the ‘Cats this week, as he has a lower-body injury that is not expected to keep him out long. He leads his team in points this season.

Kenny Connors, UMass., Center (103rd overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats: 5 goals, 9 assists, even plus/minus, 10 PIM in 24 games played

The Minutemen returned from their long bye-week with a 3-2 victory over Merrimack and a 1-0 loss to Maine. Connors was a plus-1 and registered one SOG, while winning 51% of his faceoffs.

Jack Hughes, Boston Univ., Center (51st overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats: 6 goals, 5 assists, plus-3, 10 PIM in 23 games played

Following a 4-3 OT loss to Northeastern, Hughes had probably the best game of his college career with two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over a Conmy-less New Hampshire. He scored the first of the contest with a sharp-angled tap-in after creating a three-on-one with a blocked shot. To make the game 2-0, Hughes pounced on a rebound, dropping to one knee to fire it home. Rounding out the week, he had five SOG and two blocked shots, and still remains on the top line with 2024 NHL Draft prospect Macklin Celebrini.

#GoKingsGo prospect Jack Hughes with the opening goal https://t.co/HyQ31yYzvS

— The Armchair Scout (He/Him) (@Davidenkness) February 3, 2024


For the second time tonight Harvo and Jacko combine for an early-period goal!

Watch on ESPN+: #3 Boston University vs. #17 New Hampshire 2/2/24 - Stream the Wedstrijd Live - Watch ESPN@hockey_east | @espn pic.twitter.com/s8G7GlKECo

— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) February 3, 2024


Secondary assist for #GoKingsGo prospect Jack Hughes (No 27, white).

Did a great job pulling two defenders and opening space to feed the point https://t.co/sjeJAYq4gz

— The Armchair Scout (He/Him) (@Davidenkness) February 3, 2024


Jared Wright, Denver Univ., Forward (169th overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats: 8 goals, 5 assists, minus-2, 6 PIM in 28 games played

Aiding a 3-2 victory, Wright opened up the scoring in Denver’s double-header against Western Michigan, opting to pick the right corner of the net instead of passing on a two-on-one. Western Michigan thundered back with a 7-2 victory the next day. Wright had three SOG, one block, and was a minus-1 in those games.

Jared Wright with his 8th
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of the season.#GoPios pic.twitter.com/WaTWo4MaJy

— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) February 3, 2024


Braden Doyle, Northeastern Univ., LH Defenseman (157th overall in 2019)

2023-2024 Stats: 1 goal, 0 assists, minus-2, 0 PIM in 12 games played

Doyle did not play this week.

Ben Meehan, UMass-Lowell, LH Defenseman (140th overall in 2020)

2023-2024 Stats: 1 goal, 8 assists, minus-2, 31 PIM in 16 games played

Losing 2-1 to Boston College, the River Hawks suffered their fifth loss in a row. In an unfortunate 100th game as an NCAA athlete, Meehan was a minus-1 and was ejected with a game misconduct for a direct hit to the head of Capitals top prospect Ryan Leonard. He was later handed a one-game suspension for the infraction.

Big applause for Captain Ben Meehan, who will be making his 1⃣0⃣0⃣th career appearance in a River Hawk uniform tonight!
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#UnitedInBlue | #HockeyEast pic.twitter.com/nr9WahQv5Y

— UMass Lowell Hockey (@RiverHawkHockey) February 2, 2024


EUROPEAN LEAGUES


Aatu Jämsen, Liiga-Pelicans, Right Wing (190th overall in 2020)

2023-2024 Stats: 12 goals, 9 assists, plus-8, 8 PIM in 26 games played

Kid Jämsen stole the show yet again, this time by darting through an open pocket in traffic behind the net while avoiding stick checks on his way to the crease. With an impressive use of his inside edges, he stretched the goaltender out as far as possible where he was denied. Failing to quit on the play, Jämsen found twine with the rebound, while essentially doing the splits. Across three games this week, he averaged 15:04 in TOI while having 13 SOG and a primary assist.

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Aatu Jämseniltä upea haasto maalille ja upea viimeistely!

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: @MTVUrheilu I #Liiga #PelicansFi pic.twitter.com/cqXvRZxAgJ

— Liiga (@smliiga) February 1, 2024


Jamsen pulls the checker in and send pass through their legs for a primary assist. #LAkings 30Jan24 pic.twitter.com/ydDj9K6nXn

— Nick Lopez (@nicklopez1771) February 7, 2024


Kasper Simontaival, Liiga-KalPa, Center (66th overall in 2020)

2023-2024 Stats: 13 goals, 13 assists, plus-4, 14 PIM in 41 games played

Fighting for a change of fortune, KalPa curbed their five-game skid with three straight wins this week. Simontaival scored the game-winner with a powerplay snipe in the first of those, a 3-2 victory over JYP. In addition to his goal, he had ten SOG in those games while only skating a paltry 12:29 in TOI.

Simontaival opts to walk the shot in, picking the top corner. #LAkings 31Jan24 pic.twitter.com/XIKppkmi6x

— Nick Lopez (@nicklopez1771) February 6, 2024


Otto Salin, Finland, RH Defenseman (148th overall in 2022)

2023-2024 Stats
Liiga-TPS Turku: 0 goals, 2 assists, even plus/minus, 0 PIM in 3 games played
Liiga-HIFK: 0 goals, 6 assists, plus-6, 2 PIM in 29 games played
Mestis- Kiekko-Vantaa: 1 goal, 0 assists, plus-1, 0 PIM in 1 game played
World Juniors U20: 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-2, 2 PIM in 7 games played

Following a disappointing 3-0 shutout to Tappara, Salin played a critical role in getting at least a point for his team in a 4-3 OT loss to JYP. With a little over two minutes remaining in regulation, he hammered in a one-timer that was deflected to even the game at three. Averaging 16:35 in TOI in those games, he had six SOG and was a minus-1.

Otto Salin's powerplay one-timer gets redirected to tie the game. #lakings 2Feb24 pic.twitter.com/1IsVhfxrmY

— Nick Lopez (@nicklopez1771) February 6, 2024


Juho Markkanen, Finland, Goalie (112th overall in 2020)

2023-2024 Stats
Mestis-TUTO: 1.00 GAA, .962 GAA, 0 SO, and 1 win in 1 game played
Mestis-FPS: 4.20 GAA, .901 SV%, 0 SO, and 0 wins in 2 games played
Liiga-HPK: 3.72 GAA, .844 SV%, 0 SO, and 0 wins in 8 games played

Markkanen was sent down to play with FPS of the Mestis hockey league to help them halt a ten-game losing streak. His efforts fell short as the team dropped the match 3-0.



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