LA Kings: Three young LHD to target on St. Louis Blues

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LA Kings Tyler Tucker
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Tyler Tucker

Plucked in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Draft, Tyler Tucker is ready for a full-time gig at the NHL level. The 20-year-old scored three goals with 20 assists in his draft year, playing for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. The following year, he erupted for 14 goals and 45 assists in 68 games, including three goals and three assists in the playoffs.

This past season, he wore a letter for Barrie, lighting the lamp eight times with 21 assists for 29 points, including a goal and nine assists on the man advantage. He was acquired by the Flint Firebirds in January, and there, Tucker continued his hot streak, scoring nine goals with 18 assists. Similar to Barrie, he was a machine on the powerplay, with two more goals before the shutdown.

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Standing at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Tucker has great size, and he signed his three-year entry-level contract back in March. He’s come a long way, as a defense-first defenseman. Tucker’s offense has exploded and he projects as a top-four pairing. The Blues, however, have an abundance of LHD, so Tucker could be expendable.