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The Athletic Ranks LA Kings Prospect Pool in Top 5

Following the 2020 Draft, Corey Pronman re-ranks NHL prospect pools, considering players under the age of 22

by Jack Jablonski @Jabs_13 /

Just as the annual NHL Draft marks a spotlight onto the future of tomorrow's stars, Corey Pronman is here to take that spotlight a step further and tell us which organization's should be the most excited and why. If you're a Kings fan, you're going to like this piece.

The criteria for a prospect in Pronman's article: All players in an organization who were 22 years or younger as of Sept. 15, 2020. 

The Kings, who have just one player on Pronman's list with more than 10 games of NHL experience (Blake Lizotte), have again found themselves at the top of the NHL's prospect pool's next to teams with former No. 1 overall draft picks such as Auston Matthews, Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes and Alexis Lafreniere thanks to the young depth that General Manager Rob Blake and the Hockey Operations staff have put together.

"By adding Quinton Byfield, the Kings got the most important piece in a rebuild: the potential star No. 1 center," Pronman wrote. "This significantly changes their outlook. Now you can start looking at their great quality depth of young players and asking where the pieces plugin."

Tweet from @LAKings: 🥳 @Byfield55@GEICO | #GoKingsGo

The Kings had the biggest jump in Pronman's pre-draft to post-draft rankings, jumping eight spots, from 13 to five. With a draft grade of "A", the already deep Kings prospect pool added four names from this year's draft to the top 15 in prospects in the organization according to Pronman. 

The Kings have a total of 15 players who qualify as "legit NHL prospects," consisting of 12 forwards and three defenseman.

  1. Quinton Byfield, C
  2. Samuel Fagemo, LW
  3. Arthur Kaliyev, RW
  4. Alex Turcotte, C
  5. Gabriel Vilardi, C
  6. Tobias Bjornfot, D
  7. Rasmus Kupari, C
  8. Tyler Madden, C
  9. Blake Lizotte, C
  10. Akil Thomas, C
  11. Kasper Simontaival, RW
  12. Helge Grans, D
  13. Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C
  14. Martin Chromiak, RW
  15. Jordan Spence, D (upgraded to legit NHL prospect)

Tweet from @LAKings: ���It���s a dream come true to hear my name.��� ��� Helge Grans@GEICO | #NHLDraft | #GoKingsGo

You can read the full article by Corey Pronman here

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