The Los Angeles Kings have acquired the rights of left winger Bokondji Imama from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. The acquisition of Imama is conditional to the Kings signing him to a contract before 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. In return, the Lightning received a conditional seventh round pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Lightning will not receive the pick if the Kings are unable to sign Imama to a contract.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Imama is a 20 year old left winger. This past season while playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he had 41 goals and 14 assists for 55 points. His 41 goals led the Sea Dogs. Imama also had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 18 postseason games. At the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario last week, Imama had one goal and two assists for three points in four games.
A sixth round pick, 180th overall in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Imama played two and a half seasons each with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Known for his physicality, Imama exceeded 100 penalty minutes in three separate seasons in the QMJHL. He had a junior career high 137 penalty minutes in 2014-15 and 105 penalty minutes in 2016-17.