The Los Angeles Kings made another move to bolster their future yesterday as they signed Ontario Hockey Leagues’ most outstanding player finalist Arthur Kaliyev to a 3-year entry-level contract.
The forward (who was a second-round draft pick by the way) led the Hamilton Bulldogs in scoring this season and was ranked 5th in the OHL with 98 points (44 goals, 54 assists) in only 57 games. One of Kaliyev’s highlights was when he won the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the top right-wing in the OHL.
In 2019, Kaliyev had 102 points that consisted of 51 goals and 51 assists, which was the most amongst first-time NHL draft-eligible players in the OHL. He also became the 13th player in OHL history with a 50 goal season as a 17-year old… yes I said 17! Crazy.
The Kings see a bright future for this kid as do I after watching some of the highlights and reading into his stats. Definitely see another version of Sidney Crosby if he continues to thrive and grow. We’ll be watching Kaliyev, no doubt.