Discussion in 'Los Angeles Kings' started by Basilisk, Aug 5, 2020.
Look at Byram, the #4 pick two years ago. He’s debuting tonight. I think Dahlin was the last lottery pick D who went straight to the NHL. Picking a dman high will take some time to show returns.
Owen Power is 6'5, 220 and growing. He's better than Maatta at the very least.
Anderson - Doughty
Bjornfot - Roy
Power - Walker
Have not been able to see him play in person for Michigan, saw him last year in USHL and he was special for a player his age in that league.
I think he is a very good prospect, but I think if he were 6'1 instead of 6'5 he might not be getting #1 overall type hype though, but teams obviously salivate over a defenseman that big with his overall ceiling. As far as play as freshman, I'd rank him somewhere between Werenski and Hughes (Hughes was the best d-man I've never seen play at Michigan). Both those players returned and took big steps as sophomores and went onto NHL stardom, so it will be up to Power to do the same. He needs one more year to bulk up a bit more and dominate as a sophomore.
I can't get enough of the combination of words/names.
So, who are we hoping for. Any of the LHD guys in Power, Clarke, Hughes, Edvinsson look to be in the top 10.
Is there a game changing talent in this draft?
This is the year to get a Dman if we need one:
NHL Draft prospect rankings: Luke Hughes, Jesper Wallstedt headline the top 32 of 2021 class
Pronman just released his rankings on the top 31 prospects and its broken up by tiers.
He has Hughes and Beniers in Tier 1 and then Power and Guenther in Tier 2. Tier 1 is basically all star player and Tier 2 is top pairing/line player.
Surprised Hughes is that high, thought he was minimum 3rd ranked D.
I'll be fighting the irrational urge to attend the first weekend (friend in Dallas already offered up a guest room, and I could scratch the Rangers' new ballpark off the list in theory). Decent chunk of the 2021 draft prospects are late 2002 birthdates and are ineligible for the U18s.
I hope we pick Beniers, because I really do want to see if the old adage "You can never have enough good centers" holds true.
I've thought that as well on Berniers. He was so impressive in the WJs at his age. Physical presence. So what happens if we don't get one of the top 2-3 picks and Berniers is the obvious choice as BPA when we are up? Great problem to have. But dang we don't need yet another center -- defensemen, Goalie or even an elite winger scorer. So do you just take him? Do you trade down? Hope not that since we have enough prospects and we're at the stage of getting the most elite/best player. Trade for an established player? OR even trade up beforehand to ensure we get our desired DMan. It's fun to think about...and we're in a great spot prospect wise no matter what. Still, it's an odd position to be in for an organization to NOT want a top C to fall to them.
This year we’re drafting a defenseman.
Always go BPA
No certainty as to when the draft will take place as of yet..
Insider Trading: NHL exploring potential draft scenarios - TSN.ca
unless the draft is pushed should LA shop the pick? if you are not 100% certain on who you are picking in the top 5 there could be an argument for it.
Personally this far out if LA is in the top 5 I owuld like them to trade back and select the goalie.
I don't see them pushing the draft too far. It seems like a typical NHL "throw it against the wall," type of thing that they do. There are a lot of kids who want to get their pro careers started. It also presents an insurance problem as well if you have a kid who could be a first rounder that ends up getting hurt and killing his value.
Teams rarely trade out of the Top 5.
I agree teams rarely do but maybe this should be the year to explore it.
Agreed. Therefore, this year I’d support us making a big move if needed to move us into position to get a top D that’s a lock to end up a #1. If it means moving a couple of NHL ready prospects then you do it. The cupboards are full apart from that #1 D and we have more prospects than spots, so we should deal from a position of strength once we better understand what we have and before prospects start losing value.
Pretty much this. Don't want another Hickey just because we need a Dman. Although that Hickey draft was meh anyways, but still BPA I don't care if it's a forward.
whenever the draft is held doesn’t matter, this years draft has a lot of good defensemen and we need one. This team has its centers and Gabe will play wing but we need someone to be the guy on defense to carry the load like drew did.
I see drew playing and retiring like Scott Niedermayer did. At a high level until the end. Drew can play until he’s 35-36 as a third pairing while the guy we draft this year continues to be the guy. No one gives up a quality center or top defensemen, that’s why this year is important. I understand the suck and the overall big picture of team.
I'd rather try to acquire another first. Take one of Power/Hughes/Clarke/Edvinsson and then draft Wallstedt. Best of both worlds.
Unless we are trading prospects or Kopitar/Doughty we don’t have the assets to acquire another 1st. Unless Carter catches fire and we can flip him at the deadline.
If the draft gets push back a year, I wouldn't be shocked to see the cost of a 2021 1st drop significantly.
So, if LA is picking around 10 who should they draft? Or do they move the pick?
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