Leafs exit moves Kings' first rounder to 20-23 range; other conditions - LA Kings Insider

We’re still two weeks away from learning exactly where the LA Kings’ draft pick acquired in the Jake Muzzin trade will land, but by virtue of Toronto’s first round exit, the Kings now know they’ll end up with either the 20th, 21st, 22nd or 23rd overall pick.

CapFriendly, as it often does, lays it out well with this chart. The Stanley Cup finalists (or those who own their first round pick’s rights) select 30th and 31st, while the two teams that lose in the conference finals will select 28th and 29th. That leaves up to four division winners for the 24-27 slots, although the Capitals are the only divisional winner remaining in the playoffs (and face an elimination game tonight). This means that your rooting interests for round two should be Colorado, Columbus and, hypothetically, Carolina, should they get past Washington. This would push San Jose, Boston and the New York Islanders – all teams that finished with more points than Toronto but did not win their division – into the 16-to-23 range, thus shifting lesser regular season teams into the 28-31 slots.

We’re still a bit too early for full first round mock drafts. Prospect and draft experts Bob McKenzie, Craig Button and Corey Pronman do not yet have their final lists out. Via Elite Prospects, there are some updated rankings of the 20-23 range:

Elite Prospects (updated April): 20. Cam York, 21. Trevor Zegras, 22. Thomas Harley, 23. Ryan Suzuki
McKeen’s (April): 20. Marshall Warren, 21. Thomas Harley, 22. Raphael Lavoie, 23. Connor McMichael
ISS (April): 20. Ryan Suzuki, 21. Philip Broberg, 22. Ilya Nikolayev, 23. Bobby Brink
Future Considerations (Winter): 20. Jakob Pelletier, 21. Connor McMichael, 22. Samuel Poulin, 23. Bobby Brink
HockeyProspect.com (February): 20. Pavel Dorofeyev, 21. Ilya Nikolaev, 22. Matthew Robertson, 23. Ryan Suzuki

For what it’s worth, NHL Central Scouting, which divides prospects into groups of North American skaters and goalies and European skaters and goalies, has Ville Heinola, Kevin Broberg and Moritz Seider among the Europe-based skaters, and Phillip Tomasino, Lassi Thompson and Yegor Afanasyev among the North America-based skaters in the general ballpark of the 20-23 pick. This is just for the purposes of providing some slight definition to a draft pick that wasn’t available before last night’s Game 7s. Again, don’t get too attached to too many names here; this will be more interesting when sifting through LAKI archives some two or three years from now. I still recall pre-draft springtime speculation two years ago, when Los Angeles had the 11th pick and Pronman’s prospect list named former Vegas and current Ottawa prospect Erik Brannstrom as the 11th best prospect in the draft. (He’s really good.)

As for the club’s mid-draft, asterisk-laden, conditional lottery tickets, several updates:

WASHINGTON (Carl Hagelin trade): In addition to their 2019 3rd round pick, the Kings also receive a 2020 6th rounder if the Capitals advance past the second round and Hagelin plays in at least 50% of the games in any two playoff rounds.
STATUS: Not yet reached. Washington and Carolina are headed to a Game 7 in a first round. Hagelin has appeared in all six playoff games to date.

CALGARY (Oscar Fantenberg trade): Instead of their 2020 4th round pick, the Kings would receive a 2020 3rd round pick if the Flames reach the conference final and Fantenberg plays in at least 50% of the games through the first two rounds.
STATUS: Not met. Calgary’s fire has been extinguished. Los Angeles picked up a 2020 fourth round pick for a no-cost free agent pickup who appeared in 73 NHL games over two seasons.

MONTREAL (Nate Thompson trade): The Kings received Calgary’s fourth round pick from Montreal for Nate Thompson and Arizona’s fifth round pick. This isn’t actually “conditional,” but is worth closing the book on.
STATUS: By trading Thompson, Los Angeles exchanged picks that allowed them to move from 138 to 119 in the draft.

As it currently stands, Los Angeles owns four picks in the top 64 and 10 overall in 2019:
5
20-23 (pending)
33
64
92
95
119
126
157
188

The NHL Draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver June 21-22.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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