Prospect Info: Is it too soon to discuss the 2021 draft?

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  1. Herby Culture Changer

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    wrong thread
     
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    I have no clue how Yennetti and his crew are scouting this year with all the challenges of Covid but regardless we are closing in on another top 5 pick. Best chance for that big LD. It's so wide open this year, in the 6-13 range there will be some good quality players that may go in a top 3 redraft down the road. So even if we pick say top 10, we will get a quality player.

    Really hope to snag one of the top 4 LD Dmen though. We have no prospect of this caliber in the pipeline.
    Power
    Hughes
    Edvinsson
    Lambos

    Remember only 2 lottery picks this year instead of 3.
     
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    Cool we can package that pick for Dahlin.
     
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    And what else though? That's gonna be a hefty package.
     
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    Whatever the price may be. The Kings need experience and competency at D. Can't wait for it through the draft while Kopitar and Doughty are aging. Anything besides Byfield maybe.
     
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    Dahlin won't get traded. Would you trade a 20 year old Doughty? It will take a massive package to move him. He is also going to get paid this off season. Say it's 8 million per, we'll carry an almost 20 million cap hit for the top pair. A top pair that is ready for the post season but the rest of the team isn't.

    I do think our first is in play if the right LD is available though. But if the trade isn't there we better hope we land our own top D man this draft. I mean even a Ty Smith type would be huge for this team.

    I would look for a mid to smaller deal to get a LD. Not sure who is available that can fit with the core going forward. Man the Avs screwed us with the Byram pick.
     
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    I get that, but finding those type of defenseman through the draft is extremly tricky. I don't think the Kings are going to draft a defenseman like that, and they're gonna need a defenseman like that sooner rather than later.
     
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    But you can't force a trade if it's not there. D men of high caliber will cost a hefty randsom and most of them are not available. Team's draft top line D men and keep them.

    You don't need a first overall pick to get them.

    Chabot
    Smith
    Chychrun
    Nurse
    Hughes
    Makar
    Heiskanen
    etc..

    Don't we have a good drafting team?, they need to find one soon in the draft and look for an oppurtunity to hopefully trade for one that fits our current and future needs.
     
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    I know squat about the top players in this draft, but just based on what I read I'm kinda hoping they can land Hughes.
     
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    You'll feel a lot better if you read up on about the top-15. Not much of a dropoff from 1-10ish really.

    I do really like Hughes too. But there's something about Edvinsson...
     
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    Well with this losing skid we can draft a decent defenseman for sure. wonder if maybe power will fall? i am going to hope
     
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    I am on the Hughes train. I think he has the size, mobility and offensive awareness we need on the top pairing. I think he goes top 3.

    Lambos might fall because of his injury. Decent pick outside the top 5.
     
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    Is any of the draft potential defense man ready to play nhl mins next year?
     
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    At this point I just hope we end up in the top 9. A lot can still change going up to the draft. There seems to me to be 8-9 guys that are discussed as potential #1 picks with little drop-0ff from 1-9. I feel there is a slight drop afterwards, but even in the teens you still get a great player. At this point I'd be ecstatic if we walked away with any of the following in loose order with not much separation:
    Guenther, Powers, Clarke, Hughes, Beniers, Eklund, Johnson, Wallstedt, Edvinsson. If we end up 10-14 and none of those are there I'd want one of Lucius, Lysell, or Lambos.
     
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    I kind of agree re: the drop off point, I’d only add I actually feel those players have a similar ceiling, just less chance of reaching it, ie a guy like Lysell is pretty boom or bust
     
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    lots of D in this draft. Also I think there are some good picks made the last couple years on D for the kings.
     
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    No doubt. Faber is looking good, Grans is still a project but he can be a steal if he develops like we hope. Under rated ones like Spence and Nousiainen.

    We are just missing that big mobile LD. I trust our scouts to find one, this draft seems to have some good ones so we'll see.
     
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    I'll definitely read up more, especially as the team is trending more and more towards a bottom-5 pick unfortunately. Mostly though I've been looking for stuff on Powers, Clarke and Hughes. I know Edvinsson is in the discussion as well. It'd be kinda hilarious though if we ended with another forward prospect
     
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    If that is the case at 10-14 Aatu Räty, got to go with another center right?
     
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    We're gonna start a hockey revolution -- icing 4 centers and 1 defenseman ;). Hey from day 1 and for decades the RB & running game were the most important part of football and almost all the offensive plays. Now a RB is an afterthought and one of the least important positions. :huh::skeptic:;).
    (No -- i'm not seriously suggesting that)
     
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    Just make every pick this year a LHD. One of them has to land....
     
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    Might as well! Of course I'm joking, but when Amadio and Andersson were in ONT, from what I can remember they (the team) were pretty good and was when they had their winning streak. The best defense is a good offense, and they were so stacked at forward, it didn't matter their defense and goaltending sucked.
     
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    I sincerely hope we don't draft Cameron Whynot in the second. Could you imagine Fox's delight with that one?
     
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    Hoping the Kings take Hughes or Guenther. Power is going #1, so unless we win the lottery it's not happening. Guenther gives the Kings the elite goal-scoring winger to hopefully play with Byfield for the next 12 years. Some say Arty will be that guy, and I like Arty but it'll be nice to add another finisher to the prospect pool. Beniers, I just have the same concerns as with Turcotte, amazing motor and competitor, I just wouldn't feel super stoked about the Kings taking him with a top 5 pick. Kent Johnson kind of the opposite, very skilled player with a huge ceiling, but his motor and competitive level may not what you want from a top 5-8 pick.

    Hughes has some Doughty like traits and has come on huge the last couple of seasons, I remember when the Hughes brothers first were getting discussed Luke was seen as a distant third, not anymore. I think of all the d-man this year he has the best chance to be a future Norris winner.
     
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    Hot take - Ottawa and Anaheim will finish ahead of the Kings and the Kings will win the draft lottery!
     
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