Alex Turcotte sat in the Los Angeles Kings locker room after the first day of development camp in June and it was hard not to draw comparisons between the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and the player who uses that stall during the regular season.
That would be Kings captain and two-time Stanley Cup winner Anze Kopitar.
"It's Kopi's? Yeah, that's pretty cool," Turcotte said of his locker assignment. "Yeah, I didn't know that. So now I do; and I'll try to stay away from it I guess."
Turcotte shares more than Kopitar's soft-spoken confidence and subtle humor. The 18-year-old forward has a similar responsible two-way game that has been refined by playing with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for the past two seasons. Despite missing time with a hip injury, Turcotte had 62 points (27 goals, 35 assists) in 37 games for the U-18 NTDP team last season.