LA Kings: How the Pacific Division drafted on Day 1

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Arizona Coyotes

No pick

Anaheim Ducks

6th overall: Jamie Drysdale, D

I thought for sure that Ottawa was going to take a defenseman with the 5th overall pick. They did, but the Senators went with Jake Sanderson from the USNTDP. That left Jamie Drysdale to fall into the waiting arms of the Ducks. The 18-year-old’s ability to quarterback the power play was paramount for the Erie Otters.

Over the past two years, he scored 5 goals on the man advantage but his ability to find teammates is uncanny. In all, Drysdale tallied 16 goals with 71 assists in 112 games while wearing a letter for Erie last year.

27th overall: Jacob Perreault, RW

As one of the most underrated players in this draft, Jacob Perrault is a great pick for the Ducks. He stands at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds and is a right-handed shot. Perreault quietly put up 39 goals with 31 assists in 57 games with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL last year. He’s been excellent on the power play, tallying 22 goals over the last two years while averaging an 18.7 shot percentage.

“Perrault is a pure sniper with one of the best shots in this draft class. It’s accurate, hard, and he can score from anywhere. His ability to catch and shoot pucks in stride when the passes aren’t in the wheelhouse is a transferable skill that will serve him well.” – EP

San Jose Sharks

31st overall: Ozzy Wiesblatt, RW

The Sharks ended Day 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft, taking the 18-year-old Calgary native. He spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders, scoring a combined 40 goals with 69 assists in 128 games.

“Wiesblatt is a human cheat code in transition. His decision-making is so refined, and he’s not afraid to attack layers. Everything starts for Wiesblatt with a crossover-heavy skating stride, one which affords him three-step separation from defenders in space. He works from a constant base of activity and never lets his foot off the gas.” – EP