The LA Kings selected forward Gabriel Vilardi with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft.
"We were looking to upgrade our skill, and we did," said Kings Assistant General Mike Futa, when asked about Vilardi, who NHL Central Scouting had ranked as the No. 4 North American skater heading into the draft. "He's a big kid with an incredible skill package and he's a winner."
Video: Kings draft F Gabriel Vilardi No. 11
Vilardi is a 6-3, 203-pound prospect from Kingston, Ontario who will turn 18-years-old on August 16 of this year. He led his junior team - the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League - in goals (29) and points (61) as a 17-year-old. He also tied for first on his team in power play goals (8), and finished second on his team in assists (32) while appearing in 49 regular season games. In seven OHL playoff games, he collected six points (2-4=6) and four penalty minutes.