C+ / 26th overall
Where diesels and road graders once clogged the freeways leading to Los Angeles, a steady stream of faster, sportier coupes is now cruising toward Staples Center. The Kings won Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014 by steamrolling over opponents but, as the decade nears its end, the organization is in the process of trading in its outdated rattletraps for models more efficient in today’s environment. GM Rob Blake’s first two drafts have stocked the Kings’ system with skilled players who can skate. Three of their top 10 prospects were imported from the larger ice surfaces of Europe, where speed and finesse loom large.
1. Rasmus Kupari (19th overall)
C, 18, 5-9, 163 – Karpat (Fin.)
2018 draft, 20th overall
Fast and skilled, Kupari symbolizes the evolution...
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