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The Athletic Names Nine LA Kings Players to Top Prospects List

Nine LA Kings were named as top prospects, more than any other team in the NHL

by Robyn Dutton @dutts_10 /

The Athletic's Corey Pronman ranked the Top 124 NHL Prospects Entering the 2019-20 Season, and the LA Kings had nine players on the list - more than any other NHL team. 

Strong draft picks from 2016 through 2019, plus consistent player development, have helped the Kings develop a deep prospect pool. 

No. 7 - Alex Turcotte, C
Drafted: Fifth-overall (2019)

"He's a well-rounded prospect without any clear weakness in his game and a lot of high-end elements. It's not just his speed and skill that stand out, but his compete level is elite. Turcotte is the kind of forward who can dangle around defensemen, blow by them or drive his way through them. He gets to the net consistently and without fear." 

Watch: Youtube Video

No. 19 - Arthur Kaliyev, RW
Drafted: 33rd-overall (2019)

"Kaliyev lit up the OHL last season, as one of the few modern-day OHL players to score 50 goals as a 17-year-old. He's one of the best goal-scorers in the CHL and often had more than 10 shot attempts in a game. Due to his shot and vision, he's an absolute weapon on the man advantage who can run a unit and pick apart defenses."

Video: Kings draft F Arthur Kaliyev No. 33

No. 42 - Rasmus Kupari, C
Drafted: 20th-overall (2018)

"He's 6-foot-1, has high-end speed and high-end puck skills, and almost every time he's on the ice something exciting happens. On his best shift Kupari can break a game open with his speed and hands, making plays through defenders at full speed and getting to the net."

Watch: Youtube Video

No. 96 - Tobias Bjornfot, D
Drafted: 22nd-overall (2019)

"His skating provides a lot of his value. His ability to lead a rush, pinch off the blue line and close on his checks is very good. His feet allow him to make stops and transition pucks. He has solid defensive acumen and generally is trusted by coaches to play tougher minutes."

Watch: Youtube Video

No. 105 - Kale Clague, D
Drafted: 51st-overall (2016)

"He's a very good skater, and when he's on, he can move pucks very well. After dominating junior and with the way he skates I think it will click eventually and he'll become a good NHL defenseman. But Kale will still need some seasoning before he's an essential part of any healthy blue line."

Video: Kale Clague looks to add speed to the Kings defense

No. 108 - Samuel Fagemo, RW
Drafted: 50th-overall (2019)

"He started off briefly in the J20 Sweden ranks but quickly rose up to the SHL. He was extremely productive for an 18-year-old, getting significant minutes and power play time for a Frolunda team that won the SHL. He was also impressive at the world juniors."

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No. 110 - Akil Thomas, C
Drafted: 27th-overall (2019)

"Thomas was a top player on one of the best teams in the OHL, clearing the 100-point mark. He's a highly skilled and highly intelligent center. Thomas was often the player Niagara wanted with the puck on his stick because of his creativity and ability to make things happen. He can run a power play very well off the flank with his vision, and he can shoot it as well."

Video: Get to know a little more about Akil Thomas

No. 116 - Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C
Drafted: 41st-overall (2017)

"Anderson-Dolan made the Kings briefly out of camp before being sent back to junior and when healthy had another very productive season. He's a very quick and competitive forward who plays the game with a lot of pace. He has good skill and vision."

Video: Jaret Anderson-Dolan's road to the NHL

No. 120 - Mikey Anderson, D
Drafted: 103rd-overall (2017)

"Anderson had a great season. He was a top defenseman at the world juniors, and he was an important part of the eventual NCAA champion. He sees the ice very well, can run a power play due to his smarts, and is reliable defensively because of his gaps and reads."

Video: Get to know a little more about Mikey Anderson

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