The Los Angeles Kings have another high draft pick waiting for them at the 2020 NHL Draft. Here’s who they should consider drafting at that spot.
The NHL season as at a hiatus thanks to the coronavirus. However, the Los Angeles Kings season has long been over, as least as far as wins and losses. Though they’ve won seven straight games, they still have the fourth-best odds to get the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, according to Tankathon.
They also have a 28.8% chance of getting a top-three pick in the 2020 draft. The lowest pick the Kings could have in the first round is the eighth overall pick, and that would include four teams having to jump the Kings, plus the three teams ahead of them. Needless to say, they’re in a very good spot.
The 2020 draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest drafts in years. This year’s top 10 is shockingly strong. Even if the LA Kings don’t manage to get lucky and win the lottery to earn the right to draft Alexis Lafrenière with the first overall pick, they’re probably going to come away with a great player.
Here’s a look at their top three options who should be available when they draft in the first round.
Cole Perfetti entered this season as a fringe-top 10 pick after putting up 74 points with the Saginaw Spirit last season. He has since risen into the discussion of being a top-five pick. Perfetti is averaging nearly two points per game, putting up 37 goals, 74 assists, and 111 points in 61 games.
Perfetti is one of the most skilled players in the draft. Though his less than stellar skating could keep him out of the top five, if the Kings decide to swing for the fences, Perfetti would be a logical pick. His potential is sky-high and he’d be a nice complement to last year’s first-round pick Alex Turcotte.