LA Kings: Three late-round gems to target in 2020 NHL Draft

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LA Kings Draft Alec Belanger
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Alec Bélanger, D

Alec Bélanger is a big, 6-foot-0, 183-pound defender with a left-handed shot from Quebec. The 18-year-old was the 44th overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft by the Ottawa 67’s. After tallying four goals with two assists for six points in 14 games for the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the CCHL, Belanger finished out the year in the OHL, tallying three goals with five assists in 27 games.

He spent the entire 2019-2020 campaign with Ottawa, lighting the lamp ten times with 22 assists for 32 points in a 61-game sample size. He was hidden on a team that headlined Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn, but Belanger tallied two goals and four assists on the man advantage.

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The Ottawa blueliner plays confidently and carries the puck well through the neutral zone. He loves to join the rush and attack the net. Good vision is displayed in his passing abilities through the offensive zone. He is a solid two-way defenseman but is not overly physical. Rather, he uses instincts and the position of his body to disrupt the offensive rush.

Belanger had a strong game against Akil Thomas’ IceDogs back in December, tallying a goal and two assists in what ended up being a lopsided affair for Ottawa.