NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the top five prospects for the Los Angeles Kings, according to NHL.com.
1. Quinton Byfield, F
How acquired: Selected with No. 2 pick in 2020 NHL Draft
2019-20 season: Sudbury (OHL): 45 GP, 32-50-82
The 18-year-old center, the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history, tied for fifth in the Ontario Hockey League in points per game (1.82), led Sudbury in points, assists and plus-minus (plus-26), and was second on the team in goals.
Byfield (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Los Angeles on Oct. 16, said he will not join the Kings until he is finished playing for Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which is scheduled for Dec. 25, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021, in Edmonton.
"Physically, I think he has the ability to step in the NHL with his size and his skating ability," Kings general manager Rob Blake said in October. "Those players that are drafted in that type of level, there's always that type of look at them to see if they project to be in the NHL as soon as next year. Physically, his size would do that, but there's a lot more that goes into it."
Projected NHL arrival: This season
2. Alex Turcotte, F
How acquired: Selected with No. 5 pick in 2019 NHL Draft
2019-20 season: Wisconsin (NCAA): 29 GP, 9-17-26
The 19-year-old center signed a three-year, entry-level contract on March 11 after his freshman season at Wisconsin. Turcotte (5-11, 185) was expected to join Ontario of the American Hockey League prior to the season being canceled, and he will compete for an NHL spot at training camp.
Projected NHL arrival: Next season