Here we are again. Another season of LA Kings hockey draws near, and fans are enthusiastic about what lies ahead. Much of that excitement stems from a few talented young prospects from the Kings’ pipeline starting to emerge in the NHL.
Sean Durzi, Quinton Byfield, and Arthur Kaliyev, players found in last year’s prospect rankings, played vital roles on the NHL roster during the regular season and into the playoffs.
Now that a new campaign approaches, many will look for new prospects to keep their eyes on. And there are plenty to choose from.
For this project, I only included players in the rankings that still maintained their “rookie” status. According to the NHL, to be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.
If you’ve read my rankings in the past, you know they’re of the top ten variety, and I’ll be publishing a similar style for this year. But since the Kings have a wealth of talent in the pipeline, I thought I’d mention a few other players just outside my top ten rankings.