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Prospects Unlimited: 'Fearless' Fagemo primed to be part of next wave for Kings

A skilled scorer, there were questions about his two-way play, but Samuel Fagemo is rounding out his game in Frolunda.

Passed over in the 2018 NHL draft, Frolunda left winger Samuel Fagemo took out his frustrations on the Swedish League last season with 25 points in 42 games. More importantly, he had 10 points in 16 playoff games en route to a championship. The Kings ended up nabbing Fagemo 50th overall this summer, ensuring he wouldn’t be overlooked again. “For sure there was a lot of motivation for me to show the scouts in the stands that I could be drafted too,” he said. “I’m super happy to get drafted, finally.”

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Fellow Kings prospects Carl Grundstrom and Jacob Moverare have also played with Frolunda and will help guide Fagemo, but L.A. didn’t need much convincing that the winger will be a fit: Fagemo signed an entry-level deal just weeks after the draft. “Samuel is a high-energy player who scores goals,” said Christian Ruuttu, the Kings’ head European scout. “He’s fearless when it comes to attacking the net. We liked him a lot last year, too, and he has improved his game since.”

One of the reasons Fagemo was passed over in 2018 was his defense, but there’s no question about his scoring talent. Rounding out his game was a priority for him last season, and running the gauntlet in the SHL playoffs and the European Champions League – where Frolunda also won the title – certainly helped. “It’s hard to win in the playoffs,” Fagemo said. “You need to be prepared every day and stay focused. You have to win every battle and play full 60-minute hockey. It was a great experience to have a long playoff run and finally win the championship. It was a great memory for life.”

Fagemo is back in Frolunda, playing for a balanced Indians side that includes top-end 2020 draft prospect Lucas Raymond. The team is again near the top of the league and also having success in the Champions League, a tourney Frolunda has ruled over the years. What’s the secret for the Gothenburg-based club? “Great facilities, great coaches, great fans,” Fagemo said. “It’s perfect to develop there, and it’s a great hockey city.” – Ryan Kennedy

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