Imama signs entry-level deal with Kings


The Los Angeles Kings have signed former Saint John Sea Dog forward Bokondji Imama to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday June 1, 2017.

The signing comes after the Kings acquired the rights to Imama from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Known for his toughness as a grinder during most of his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career, Imama worked hard to improve his offensive abilities last summer and it showed as he posted career high number while leading the Sea Dogs in goals. The overager scored 41 goals and 55 points to go along with 105 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. Drafted by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the fourth round of the 2012 QMJHL Draft, Imama had not recorded more than 10 goals in a season prior to the 2016-17 season.

He is also coming off career highs for power play goals with 14, game-winning goals with eight and points in 2016-17. Imama appeared in 52 career QMJHL playoff games with the Sea Dogs and Drakkar during his five-year career, recording nine goals and 24 points.

Imama was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round, 180th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.