The LA Kings selected forward Quinton Byfield with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Byfield, who was ranked second overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, is now the highest selected Black player in NHL history, surpassing Seth Jones (2013) and Evander Kane (2009), who both went fourth overall.
"Quinton is an exceptional young man and talented player with a very bright future," said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. "We're proud to be adding him to our organization and look forward to the next stages of his development and a promising career in LA."
Byfield, 18, registered 82 points (32-50=82) and a plus-26 rating in just 45 games last season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He tied for fifth in the league in points-per-game (1.82) and led the Wolves in points, assists and plus/minus while finishing second in goals.
The 6-4, 215-pound center has posted 143 points (61-82=143) and a plus-38 rating in 109 regular season games over his two seasons in the OHL, along with eight points (3-5=8) in eight postseason appearances. During that span, Byfield was named to the 2019-20 OHL Third All-Star Team, served as team captain in the CHL Top Prospects Game, was awarded the 2018-19 CHL Rookie of the Year, OHL Rookie of the Year and chosen to the OHL First All-Rookie Team after finishing the season with 61 points (29-32=61) in 64 games.
The Newmarket, Ontario native has represented Canada on multiple occasions, most recently at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was the youngest player named to their gold medal-winning roster. He also competed at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup (silver) and the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Kings, who secured the second overall selection this year by winning one of three drawings at the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, have now picked second four times in franchise history, including 1981-Doug Smith, 1986-Jimmy Carson and 2008-Drew Doughty. It is also the fifth time LA has picked in the top two positions after selecting Rick Pagnutti first overall in the franchise's inaugural season in 1967.
The Kings are slated to have 10 more selections tomorrow on Day 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft. For a list of remaining picks, as well as additional draft content coverage, please visit the LA Kings 2020 Draft Hub, Presented by GEICO.
Rounds two through seven will be televised beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT (NHL Network). Fans can also tune into the LA Kings Live Draft Show Presented by GEICO airing from 12-1:15 p.m. PT on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.