Bokondji Imama

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-08-03

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th overall (180th overall), 2015

Weight:

214 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Bokondji Imama played midget AAA hockey for Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal in Quebec. In 43 games he scored 7 goals with 9 assists and 30 penalty minutes. The Royal missed the playoffs. Imama was selected by Baie-Comeau in the fourth round (65th overall) in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.  

2012-13: Imama skated in 44 of 68 regular season games and five playoff games for Baie-Comeau as a 16-year-old in his first QMJHL season. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -3 with 34 penalty minutes in the regular season. The Drakkar finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL Finals against Halifax. Imama was +1 with no points and 9 penalty minutes in five playoff games.  

2013-14: Imama was second in penalty minutes for Baie-Comeau, providing occasional offense in a lower line role for the Drakkar. In 59 games he scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was +14 with 101 penalty minutes; trailing only Nashville prospect Felix Girard (130). Baie-Comeau finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL Finals for the second straight season, falling to Val’d-or. Imama had 4 assists and was +4 with 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. 

2014-15: Imama showed some goal scoring ability to go with his physical play in his third QMJHL season. In 36 games with Baie-Comeau he scored 10 goals and had 89 penalty minutes before being acquired by Saint John in January at the league trade deadline. In 59 regular season games between the two teams he scored 13 goals with 15 assists and was +2 with 137 penalty minutes. The Sea Dogs finished third in the Maritimes Division, falling to Baie-Comeau in a first-round playoff series. Imama had 1 assist and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games against his former team. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round (180th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft in his second year of eligibility. 

Talent Analysis
There isn’t much offensive potential in Imama’s game but he brings an element of physicality and agitation to the ice. In the past two seasons, split between Baie-Comeau and Saint John, Imama has accumulated 238 penalty minutes, many of which were collected through fighting majors. The Lightning liked Imama in the 2014 NHL Draft, which was his first year of eligibility, and monitored him throughout the 2014-15 season. Despite his limited offensive ceiling, he did score 13 goals in the 2014-15 campaign; he could eventually fill out a fourth-line role in the NHL as an enforcer who can occasionally chip in the odd goal.
Future
Imama has just one more year of junior eligibility left (two if he stays for an overage year, which might be likely) and the 2015-16 season will be an important one. The Sea Dogs have a plethora of skilled young forwards, including exceptional status rookie Joseph Veleno and it will be Imama’s job to make sure those players get the space and protection they need.

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