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LA Kings Lead TSN's List of Top 50 NHL-Affiliated Prospects

Rasmus Kupari, Gabe Vilardi, Mikey Anderson and Akil Thomas were among the LA Kings prospects selected to the list

by Robyn Dutton @LAKings /

TSN's Craig Button put together a list of the top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects, made up of players who have not yet achieved full-time NHL status but will likely make an impact in the league soon.

The LA Kings were tied with the Florida Panthers for the team with the most prospects; each having four players in the top 50.

Kings fans have seen a preview of these players over the past year, and it'll only be a matter of time before they suit up in the NHL.

No. 30 - Center Rasmus Kupari

Video: Inside the Draft - Selecting Rasmus Kupari

Kupari was drafted by the Kings in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and later signed a three-year entry-level deal with the team.

He currently plays for the Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga and recently won a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

No. 34 - Center Gabe Vilardi

Video: Gabe Vilardi records his first professional point

The highly touted 19-year-old has been plagued with a back injury for the better part of the last year.

However, he made his pro debut with the Ontario Reign on a conditioning assignment in late 2018, where was impressive and earned his first point.

No. 43 - Defenseman Mikey Anderson

Though it was his first appearance on the world stage, Anderson was named team captain to USA's 2019 IIHF World Junior squad.

He's currently putting his leadership skills to use in the Bulldogs lockerroom at Minnesota-Duluth.

No. 44 - Winger Akil Thomas

The winger, who was selected 51st overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is currently playing for the Niagara IceDogs.

He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in his rookie season and has been a consistent goal-scorer since then.

See the full list of prospects! 

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