Imama, Bokondji

Lightning Trade Rights to Boko Imama to Kings

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings today in exchange for unsigned forward prospect Bokondji Imama, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

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Bokondji Imama


Out of Organization
Left Wing
Montreal, PDQ
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#180) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Saint John (QMJHL)
Projects As: 
Fourth line enforcer

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Saint John (QMJHL)


Contract Status: 


expected to sign ELC and be assigned to Syracuse for 2017-18

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"He’s what we’re looking for in an enforcer. He’s huge, and he arrives to the dance early and in ill humour." -Red Line Report


Built like a tank. Muscular and an above average skater for a man his size. Big hitter and one of the most accomplished pugilists in this draft class, rated the second best enforcer in this class by Red Line Report. Overage draftee camped with the Montreal prospects last summer.


Needs to continue to develop as an overall hockey player and not just as a fighter so he can be trusted with ice time as a pro.


Fourth line enforcer


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Montréal Nationals U15 AAAMMBAA24 15 520 33|        
 2011-2012 Laval-Montréal Rousseau RoyalQMAAA43 7 916 30|        
 2012-2013 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL44 3 36 34|Playoffs5 0 00
 2013-2014 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL59 7 815 101|Playoffs13 0 44 14 
 2014-2015 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL36 10 919 89|        
  Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL23 3 69 48|Playoffs5 0 11
 2015-2016 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL48 7 1219 86|Playoffs10 1 34 15 
 2016-2017 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL66 41 1455 105|Playoffs18 8 715 22 
  Saint John Sea DogsM-Cup4 1 23 0|        
 2017-2018 Ontario ReignAHL38 0 11 59|        
 2018-2019 Ontario ReignAHL34 3 36 71|        
  Manchester MonarchsECHL13 1 56 37|Playoffs10 3 25
 2019-2020 Ontario ReignAHL50 4 1014 134|        

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