With prospects like Tobias Björnfot, Samuel Fagemo, Arthur Kaliyev, Rasmus Kupari and Alex Turcotte, the future is bright for the LA Kings. So, it came as no surprise that the team was ranked first by Josh Bell in the Hockey Writers' mid-season NHL Farm System Rankings.
The Kings' 2019 fifth-overall pick, Alex Turcotte, is at the top of many NHL prospect lists for several reasons. He's been compared to Anze Kopitar for his ability to lead a team and play the full sheet of ice.
"He's a very well-rounded, two-way centre with elite potential," Bell wrote. "He's an excellent skater and can pile up the points."
Video: Inside the LA Kings' selection of Alex Turcotte
Tobias Bjornfot and Arthur Kaliyev were drafted behind Turcotte in 2019 and both provide excellent offense for the organization.
Bjornfot, who was the Kings' second first-round selection, is a "potential top-four defender with elite skating and great hockey sense."
Kaliyev, who slid to the 33rd spot, was arguably one of the best steals of the 2019 draft. "He's an elite offensive weapon," Bell wrote.
Kings' 2018 draft pick Rasmus Kupari, who is in his first year with the Ontario Reign, is expected to bring his elite skating and creative playmaking abilities to the Kings offense. "Turcotte and Kupari could be one of the best one-two punches in the NHL in a few years," Bell wrote.
"The Kings have numerous other high-end forwards, from Carl Grundstrom (acquired from the Maple Leafs in the Jake Muzzin trade) to Akil Thomas, to Gabe Vilardi, to Aiden Dudas," Bell wrote. "This is a very exciting crop of forwards."
On the defensive side, Kale Clague is a skilled, two-way defender who can move the puck. As the Kings look to play a faster style of hockey, he will be relied on to bring an offensive spark to the blue line.
In net, Bell names Petersen as the top prospect, who he expects will graduate from the AHL in the coming years. "Behind him, Lukas Parik and Jacob Ingham are both goaltenders to watch."