Birthdate: June 15, 2000
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Ontario
Weight: 170 lbs
Drafted: 4th round, 113th overall, 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Aidan Dudas finished his second full season in the AHL in 2021-22. In 61 games, the Parry Sound native scored 10 goals and added 13 assists for 23 points. This is after the 2020-21 season, where he scored just six goals and 11 points in 37 games.
The 22-year-old, however, possesses some underrated skill:
Aidan Dudas scores a highlight-reel goal to make it 5-1 #Reign!
Assisted by Burke(8) pic.twitter.com/04YQCD67So
— Eric (@kingsgifs2) January 15, 2022
This, along with his laser for a shot:
Dudas out of the box and into the net! pic.twitter.com/kL7N7ThRVb
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) January 23, 2022
Dudas spent most of his time in a bottom-six role for the Reign in 2021-22.
2022-23 Season Outlook
For a player that does possess some tools, the unfortunate thing for Dudas is he’s behind a plethora of highly touted prospects in a very deep LA Kings farm system. That said, if Dudas can continue to grow his game and utilize the talent that is around him, he can use this as a chance to get a better opportunity either within the organization or perhaps outside.
Dudas could see some more skill on his line this season with AHL veteran Alan Quine being signed to a deal. Quine has been a productive player during his time in the AHL. Whether it be Quine or one of the prospects such as Samuel Helenius or Andre Lee, Dudas will have the opportunity to put the tools he has to good use.
This is the final year of his entry-level contract, and he’ll be a Restricted Free Agent after this 2022-23 campaign.