The Kings will turn the corner and come out of the reconstruct stage and go into the competitive stage as they work towards going back to a Stanley Cup competing franchise.
If it has actually not taken place currently, the group will turn the switch. The existing lineup still has some veterans however is constructed around a young core filled with under 25-year-old gamers such as Mikey Anderson, Tobias Bjornfot, Carl Grundstrom, Gabriel Vilardi, Arthur Kaliyev, and Rasmus Kupari.
The Kings have actually been client in the reconstruct procedure enabling the group to be a lotto group for the previous 3 drafts. In addition to preparing high, the Kings have a tested performance history of skill recognition as their scouts have the ability to determine NHL gamers in late rounds such as Matt Roy (7th round in 2015), Mikey Anderson (4th round in 2017), and Domini Kubalik (7th round in 2013).
Los Angeles are likewise is a strong establishing group. They enable young gamers to play out junior or NCAA professions and after that see more advancement in their AHL affiliate in Ontario. The mix of quality and amount of draft choices, outstanding hunting and gamer advancement and some possibility additions by means of trade, have the Kings in a great position to go back to not just a Stanley Cup competing group, however they might in time suffice to reanimate the dynasty chatter.
- Quinton Byfield, C – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 round one, 2nd general by LA Kings
The Kings’ crown gem possibility is no doubt Quinton Byfield. The huge center has all the tools and prospective to end up being the groups franchise top center. He has actually drawn contrasts to colleague Anze Kopitar and to Evgeni Malkin. High appreciation to be sure, however not baseless.
Byfield has all of it; he is a beast at 6-4 and 216 pounds, he is an exceptional skater, has silky smooth hands, plays a two-way video game and he can score. His advancement considering that his draft has actually been a rollercoaster flight. The pandemic locked out the OHL requiring him into the AHL as an 18-year-old. Perhaps he would have been much better fit to controling in Sudbury, however he acquitted himself effectively in Ontario publishing 20 points in 32 video games. He likewise was a gamer for Canada at the WJC where he had 7 points in 7 video games including a Silver Medal to his Gold Medal from the previous year.
While still qualified to play in the OHL, and qualified to return for a 3rd trip of responsibility with Canada at the WJC as he is just 19 years of ages, he is yet to play a video game as he has actually been on the IR all season with an ankle fracture. Byfield ought to be healthy and all set for the WJC, and the Kings might launch him to play in the competition instead of in the AHL to get him all set for the NHL, where he will likely bet the balance of the season. This will be a crucial year of advancement for Byfield as he continues to work towards understanding his remarkable capacity and upside as a dominant top center in the NHL.
- Brandt Clarke, D – Barrie Colts (OHL)
Drafted: 2021 round one, 8th general by LA Kings
The Kings think they have their succession prepare for Drew Doughty as the group’s top defenseman. Clarke is an impactful gamer that drives the play and has extraordinary hockey sense and vision. He stands out at dispersing the puck, transitioning to offense and can logging huge minutes and running a power play.
Scouts worry about Clarke is his skating. While he has excellent movement and variety, his stride requires to be improved. Clarke invested his D+1 season as an OHL refugee in Slovakia on loan to HC Nove Zamky instead of in the AHL, and with Team Canada at the U18 where he was a crucial gamer in their Gold Medal win.
Now back in the OHL using the captain’s “C” with the Barrie Colts, he has actually been a dominant gamer with 23 points through his very first 18 video games to lead the league in defense scoring. A surprise snub from the Canada WJC lineup, Canada might live to be sorry for the choice not to consist of Clarke on their initial lineup.
- Alex Turcotte, C – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 round one, 5th general by LA Kings
The Kings dedicated a fair bit of draft stock in Turcotte while handing down other alternatives that were offered such as Moritz Seider, Dylan Cozens, Trevor Zegras, and Spencer Knight among others. In hindsight that might have been an error, however that is not to state the Kings did not get a quality gamer in Turcotte.
Known for his unrelenting motor and playmaking capability his advancement considering that his draft has actually been excellent, however not fantastic. Playing one effective season in the NCAA at the University of Wisconsin publishing 26 points in 29 and assisted U.S.A. to a WJC Bronze Medal. Last year Turcotte turned professional and as part of a really young Ontario Reign group, he completed 4th in group scoring with 21 points in 32 video games. Turcotte went back to the WJC with U.S.A. and played a crucial function in their Gold Medal win recording 8 points in 7 video games. Turcotte continues his advancement in the AHL as a 20-year-old and while he is not falling back, he has actually disappointed the offending advancement that provides you warm fuzzy sensations about having actually prepared him 5th in general.
- Arthur Kaliyev, RW/LW – LA Kings (NHL)
Drafted: 2019 round 2, 33rd general by LA Kings
Kaliyev is a tested objective scorer that has actually scored at every level he has actually dipped into. After lighting the light to the tune of 51 times in his draft year, he needs to have felt snubbed after going through the preliminary at the NHL draft. The Kings rapidly snagged him in the 2nd round, and he is on rewarding him for that.
Kaliyev has excellent size and a deadly shot. He has an underrated hockey sense that ends up being obvious when he discovers open or soft ice in the offending zone where he rounds off has fun with consistency. The concerns around his video game are what he does without the puck. He frequently discovers the soft ice in the protective zone, which is bad. His D+1 season saw small enhancement offensively in the OHL and he was an element for Team U.S.A. winning WJC Gold.
Last year he was a novice in the AHL and while he left to a sluggish start with just 1 objective in his very first 13 video games, he completed strong with 14 objectives and 31 points in 40 video games. His strong offending video game, objective scoring and underrated playmaking capability have actually made him a task with the Kings this year and he appears like he exists to stick with 4 objectives and 6 points through the very first 21 video games.
- Rasmus Kupari, C/RW – LA Kings (NHL)
Drafted: 2018 round one, 20th general by LA Kings
Kupari might be among the most underrated potential customers in the NHL. While his offending point overalls are not eye-popping, they are excellent. His resume includes a U-18 Silver and Gold Medals, a WJC Gold Medal, and a Liiga Championship. After an injury-plagued novice season in the AHL that was interrupted after suffering a torn ACL in the very first WJC video game, he returned in 2015 to the AHL and produced 23 points in 32 video games.
His play was rewarded with a recall to the NHL and in 7 video games with the Kings where he scored his very first NHL objective. Kupari has actually broken onto the lineup full-time as a 21-year-old this season with 4 points in 20 video games. Again, his point overalls are not eye-popping, however his general video game has actually been excellent.
He pesters the puck, utilizes his speed, and has actually been more physical as he has actually gotten some strength considering that his draft. Kupari might never ever be a respected offending manufacturer however as a jack of all trades and a master of none, he can be a really impactful middle-six gamer that the Coach can play throughout the lineup and in several circumstances.
- Francesco Pinelli, C – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Drafted: 2021 round 2, 42nd general by LA Kings
The pandemic made hunting hard, and no possibility might have been harmed more by it than Pinelli. In his OHL novice season, Pinelli had actually published 18 objectives and 41 points in 59 video games prior to things closed down. He transferred to Europe to discover some ice time in his draft year and in Slovenia he scored 11 points in 13 video games and after that got in front of scouts at the U-18 with Canada where he scored 4 objectives and 11 points in 7 video games for the ultimate competition Champions.
Despite being extensively ranked in the hunting neighborhood as a first-round skill, he fell in his draft to the 2nd round prior to the Kings called his name with choice 42. Pinelli has actually gone back to the OHL as Captain of the Rangers.
The knock-on his video game is his skating capability. His vision and hockey sense are more than efficient in making up for that at the OHL level, however he will require to enhance if he is to be an NHL gamer. Skating can be coached and established, however the ability and vision Pinelli has is naturally really difficult to discover.
- Sean Durzi, D – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 52nd general by Toronto Maple Leafs
Acquired from Toronto in the trade that sent out Jake Muzzin to the Leafs, Durzi made his NHL launching just recently versus his old group and did so in marvelous style taping his very first profession NHL objective and help.
The as soon as respected offending defenseman in the OHL made a smooth shift to the AHL after 2 39 video game seasons with the Reign where his offending overalls were 14 and 20 points. Durzi started the season in the AHL and after scoring 16 points in 13 video games he required his method onto the Kings lineup. He now has 4 points in as lots of video games and looks right in your home running the power play. His play and the current loss of Kale Clague to the waiver wire recommend he is on the group to remain.
- Brock Farber, D – University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Drafted: 2020 round 2, 45th general by LA Kings
The just concern with Farber is when he makes the NHL, will it be as a middle-six protector or just as a protective professional? The smooth-skating Farber had an incredible freshman season with the Golden Gophers in his house state. His offending overalls were not fantastic with one objective and 12 points in 27 video games, however they were okay either.
His video game is his protective play. He smothers the opposition in the protective zone, closes spaces, has an active and efficient stick and a panic limit that is cool as a cucumber.
Highlights of his freshman season consist of a Big Ten Championship and a Gold Medal at the WJC with Team U.S.A. and he had 5 points in 7 video games. As a sophomore his points through 17 video games, his offending points per video game production is on rate with in 2015’s production. Farber might have his eye on turning professional at the end of the Gophers season and have a sneak peek of some AHL action prior to playing full-time with the Reign next year.
- Tyler Madden, C/W – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 round 3, 68th general by Vancouver Canucks
Tyler Madden has actually seen his stock fluctuate throughout his profession. The third-round select of the USHL saw his stock increase after his freshman season at Northeastern with 12 objectives and 28 points in 36 video games. His function there increased as the season endured and he revealed the capability to make plays and score huge objectives. His play won him a function on Team U.S.A. at the 2019 WJC where he published 3 objectives in 7 video games, declaring the Silver Medal.
With his stock at an all-time high, the Canucks traded him to the Kings as a main possession in the Tyler Toffoli trade. His sophomore season saw his production boost from .78 to 1.37 points per video game. Then as a novice in the AHL, he had a season to forget as he fought a damaged finger, followed by a damaged collar bone. He just handled to play 14 video games and scored 5 points. Back to health, his advancement and resume and he has 9 points in the very first 16 video games in the AHL.
Madden is a trustworthy two-way gamer, with speed and excellent vision. He has a soft set of hands and can end up around the internet. He has some famous objective events. His NHL future might be restricted to a middle-six function and on the wing.
- Akil Thomas, C/W – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 51st general by LA Kings
A shoulder injury that needed surgical treatment has actually kept Tomas out of action this season. It is regrettable considering that he has actually been trending up till that. In his last season in the OHL, he was transferred to Peterborough where he was poised for a deep playoff operate on a packed Pete’s group till the pandemic ended that. He did win a WJC Gold Medal with Canada and although he was utilized moderately, did handle to score the Golden objective for Canada.
Last year was his novice season in the AHL and he handled to bring his offending production to the Reign scoring 26 points in 40 video games. Thomas improved as the year advanced and was offered a larger function and completed the year strong with 10 points in his last 7 video games.
Thomas is a proficient and competitive gamer. He is dependable defensively, is an excellent skater, and has excellent movement. Given the Kings depth, he might require to progress into a more complimentary 3rd line gamer like Bo Horvat that can supply offending assistance.
Martin Chromiak Has been called to Team Slovakia for the WJC and is having a beast season in the OHL with Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs. He aims to have actually enhanced his skating, in specific his speed and strength.
Samuel Fagemo The Swedish objective scorer is assembling an outstanding prize cabinet that includes U-18 and WJC Bronze Medals, A CHL Championship, an SHL Championship, and he scored the most objectives by a junior gamer in the SHL with 13. In his 2nd season in the AHL, he continues to be efficient however requires to reveal some boost in his production to require a take a look at the NHL.
Andre Lee is a sleeper possibility buried in the Kings depth, however don’t ignore the 6-5, 205-pound Swedish forward playing in his junior year with Umass-Lowell in the NCAA. He might not predict to a first-line gamer in the NHL, however his size, ability, and skating capability might see him play a bottom-six function like Jordan Greenway.
Jordan Spence The offending defenseman is playing in his novice season in the AHL. With Durzi promoted to the NHL, and Clague declared on waivers, the door is open for Spence to acquire the power play and publish some numbers.
Helge Grans After a down year where he was snubbed for the Swedish WJC lineup and just handled to publish 12 points in 43 SHL video games, the huge defenseman is having a recuperate year as a novice in the AHL. Grans has actually handled 2 objectives and 7 points in his very first 14 video games and is appearing like a first-round skill prepared from the 2nd round.