Players the Los Angeles Kings Should Target with the No. 13 Overall Pick

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IApril 19, 2015

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The Los Angeles Kings became one of just a handful of teams to miss the playoffs in the season after winning a Stanley Cup, and they will have the fortune of making the 13th selection at the NHL draft in June. The upcoming draft has received attention because of the inclusion of mega prospects like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, but there are loads of other prospects with some serious skill.

Los Angeles has a chance to make the most of a down season, and it could really use a quality player to add to a prospect pool that has become depleted over the last few seasons. There are a number of worthy players, and here are the ones the Kings should consider if they are available when Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Mike Futa steps up to the podium.

Timo Meier

Age: 18

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Position: Winger

Team: Halifax Mooseheads

2014-15 Stats: 44 goals, 46 assists, 90 points

Why He’d Fit the Los Angeles Kings

Meier is an explosive and physical winger who has ideal size at 6’1” and 208 pounds. The Kings like to dress forwards with offensive abilities, but they also like it when their skilled players can play with some grit. That would describe Meier, as he is a skill player who plays with truculence and pugnacity. 

Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com ran a story on the 2015 prospect, and he spoke with Meier’s head coach, Dominique Ducharme, about his potential:

He's not hard to play with and he's playing more of a North American style than last year, but realizing the game he needs to be playing to become a pro. He simplified his game and has good hands and vision for a big guy. His confidence is growing and I like the way he's playing right now, the way he's thinking and his attitude, so there are a lot of positives.

He had a dominant season for the Mooseheads, and he’s a prospect who could go back for another year in the QMJHL to sharpen his skills. The Kings don’t have any immediate roster needs, so he would be a player who would strengthen the prospect pool immediately. 

 

Oliver Kylington

Age: 18

Position: Defenseman

Team: Farjestads and AIK

2014-15 Stats: 6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points

Why He’d Fit the Los Angeles Kings

Oliver Kylington is one of the best prospects in the 2015 draft people don’t know about. Most draft-eligible prospects get the opportunity to showcase their skills at the WJC tournament, but an injury robbed him of the chance.

Chris Stevenson of NHL.com ran a profile on the young blueliner, and he quoted a number of scouts:

One NHL scout from an Eastern Conference team said: "Skilled, skates well, moves the puck. He's got a pretty high offensive side. I don't know if he's a top-10 pick, but a no-brainer first rounder."

"He's a talented first-round prospect," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb said. "He's an excellent, smooth skater. He's an offensive defenseman with excellent vision and playmaking skills. He has very good eye-to-hand coordination, is dangerous on the power play. He has all the tools needed and is a finesse-type player."

Kylington could end up being a huge steal, because he is a skilled, mobile defenseman with some offensive upside. He could be a solid addition to the defense down the line and could step into a role that many thought Slava Voynov would hold for the immediate future.

 

Travis Konecny

Age: 18

Position: Center and right wing

Team: Ottawa 67's

2014-15 Stats: 29 goals, 39 assists, 68 points

Why He’d Fit the Los Angeles Kings

Travis Konecny is a spunky center who is similar in style to Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers—but with more upside. Konecny is an amazing skater who gets faster as he moves up the ice, and he’s been blessed with some good hockey sense.

Konecny’s 2014-15 stats indicate that he is a skilled passer and shooter, and that makes him a dual threat when he’s in the offensive zone. He is also a capable defensive forward, and his ability to get physical makes him tough to play against.

Craig Button is TSN’s director of scouting, and he had the following to say about Konecny:

Travis has a blend of skill, physical play and determination that reminds one of Pat Verbeek. Like Pat, Travis can score and he can do so with a shot from out or determination around the net. He asserts physically and he does not get pushed off puck or out of his space and will punish opponents. Doesn't let himself be denied and he plays with smarts and an intensity that allows him to make a 'dent' in the game

The Kings have a reputation for being a team that will outskate, outhit and outscore the opposition, and that is exactly the type of player Konecny is.

 

Stats via Elite Prospects unless otherwise noted.

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