Los Angeles Kings: Top Prospects to Grow With
The Los Angeles Kings have not made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2015-2016 season. Los Angeles has been in rebuild mode ever since. The Kings have won two Stanley Cup titles in franchise history in 2012 against the New Jersey Devils and in 2014 against the New York Rangers. The Kings are still very far away from being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender here.
Los Angeles has one of the best prospect pools in the entire NHL. When I heard a couple of years ago that the Los Angeles Kings had one of the best prospect pools in the entire NHL, I actually laughed about that because I didn’t actually believe it until I did some research on it. Los Angeles is currently coach by Todd McLellan.
Rob Blake is the current general manager of the Los Angeles Kings. He has done a lot of the drafting as of late and they have tremendous scouts. Los Angeles has some tough teams in its division but will see what happens down the road. They are currently in fifth place in the West Division so far this season. Their record is 13-11-6 with 32 points.
They don’t currently have a lot of young players on the roster, but Calvin Petersen is one of them. Who are some of the top prospects in the Los Angeles Kings farm system?
Byfield was the second-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He was one of the top selections and could potentially be a stud immediately for the Los Angeles Kings. He is only 18-years-old. Quinton Byfield is currently playing with the Ontario Reign in the AHL after playing in the OHL the past two seasons with the Sudbury Wolves.
In 19 games with the Ontario Reign in the AHL so far this season, Byfield has scored five goals and has recorded eight assists. His plus/minus is -15. He does need to clean up his defensive game quite a bit before coming into the NHL. Quinton Byfield is a left-handed centerman and has the potential to be the top centerman on the team down the road.
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He will probably start as a third or fourth-line centerman, but then work his way up the depth chart rather quickly.
Quinton Byfield is the heartbeat of the Ontario Reign. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the NHL near the end of the season.
Turcotte was the fifth overall pick for the Los Angeles Kings (first-round selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is only 20 years old and is a left-handed centerman. Alex Turcotte has the talent to be on the top power-play unit and also on the top line one day.
Turcotte might be a second-line centerman or a first-line winger. He is very versatile. Alex Turcotte is currently playing in the AHL with the Ontario Reign. In 13 games played so far this season, he has only scored one goal and has recorded six assists. His plus/minus rating is even.
Alex Turcotte played for the University of Wisconsin last season in the NCAA (Big-10 Conference). That was his only collegiate season. Turcotte was also on the World Junior’s Team for the United States of America. He played a big role in the gold medal win.
He could potentially be another late-season call-up for the Los Angeles Kings. Alex Turcotte could be a potential perennial playmaker and elite goal scorer for the Los Angeles Kings.
Fagemo was a second-round pick (50th overall selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is a right-handed right winger, who has the potential to provide second and third line depth scoring for the Los Angeles Kings down the road.
Samuel Fagemo is also 21 years old. He is also playing in the AHL with the Ontario Reign. Fagemo has played in 19 games in the AHL so far this season. He has scored seven goals and has recorded five assists. His plus/minus is -5.
He began the start of the 2020-2021 hockey season with the Sodertalje SK in the Swe-1 League. Samuel Fagemo played in 18 games with them. He scored six goals and recorded five assists. His plus/minus rating was even.
Fagemo will potentially be another young prospect that gets a look by the Los Angeles Kings by the end of the season, but it remains to be seen what they want to do with him in terms of his development.
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