Do the Kings have a new number one prospect on the way?
Already an offensive threat, Samuel Fagemo is evolving into a strong two-way player in his second season as a pro.
There is a lot of young, highly-regarded talent in the robust LA Kings pipeline. However, there is one young player that is starting to make a lot of noise and could possibly move past some more well-known names to become a full-time NHL’er sooner than later.
Samuel Fagemo, the Kings’ second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft is quickly rising to the top of the prospect chart. So much so that he made his NHL debut on January 14th against the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering a shot on goal, and was a -1 in 12 minutes of ice time.
Known as being a goal-scoring winger, Fagemo comes with many talents. He is a strong skater, an NHL-ready slap-shot, and an accurate wrist shot.
Fagemo has evolved into a strong two-way forward, making him a reliable asset late in games. He is coming back to the defensive zone quicker, reading the opposition, tying up his man in the zone, and getting his stick in the way of passes and passing lanes. The 21-year-old has seen time on both the power play and penalty kill this season as well.
Fagemo played most of his career with Frolunda before turning pro with the Ontario Reign in the 2020-21 season. He played 32 games, posting ten goals and eight assists for 18 points. This season with the Reign Fagemo has played 34 games and is third on the team with 15 goals. He’s also picked up seven assists to go along with 15 penalty minutes and an impressive +16.
His game in all threes zones is one reason why the LA Kings think so highly of him and are happy about his progress. Not only does he have the potential to score 30 goals, but he is also defensively responsible.
With so many Kings prospects making noise at various levels in the organization, fans shouldn’t forget about Fagemo. He could very well be an everyday player for the Kings before long.