LA Kings: How the Pacific Division drafted on Day 1

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Edmonton Oilers

14th overall: Dylan Holloway

Holloway played with Kings’ fifth overall pick in 2019 Alex Turcotte at the University of Wisconsin. The 19-year-old forward is a left-handed shot and adds to a talented forward group in Edmonton. At Wisconsin, he scored 8 goals with 9 assists in what was generally a disappointing year for the Badgers. Before that he tallied 40 goals with 48 assists in 53 games for the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL.

“Holloway consistently applies pressure on the backcheck, pickpockets puck-carriers, makes timely hits, wields a disruptive stick — you name it. He never flees the zone early and is a capable east-west attacker who shields the puck from opposing defenders really well.” – EliteProspects 2020 Draft Guide

Calgary Flames

24th overall: Connor Zary, C

The Flames and Rangers hooked up for the first trade of the 2020 NHL Draft, with the latter moving up. Calgary then moved down again two spots with the Capitals moving up to 22. With the 24th overall pick, the Flames took center Connor Zary out of the WHL.

He just turned 19 and stands at 6-foot-0, 181 pounds. Zary is a left-handed shot, who scored 38 goals with 48 assists in 57 games last season. In the year prior, he scored 4 goals with 3 assists for the Canada U18 team in the World Juniors.

It’s Zary’s shot that leads the way. He’s a deceptive triggerman, one with excellent shot placement, a deceptive release, and the ability to fire two-touch missiles on a moment’s notice. His ability to collect difficult passes is a real difference-maker. He doesn’t often break stride to receive passes either, maintaining the pace of his team’s attack. – EP