LA Kings: Ranking the top ten prospects post-NHL Draft

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8. Helge Grans, RD

A potential steal of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Kings landed Helge Grans with the 35th overall pick. In his draft year, he tallied 5 goals with 25 assists for the Malmo Redhawks. Grans is playing with Malmo this year and scored a goal in his first game after being drafted.  He has 2 goals and an assist through the first 4 games.

Expect Grans to see the NHL in 2022 or 2023.

9. Rasmus Kupari, C

Kupari’s 2019-2020 season was derailed when the center tore his ACL in the World Juniors. Under normal circumstances, the 20-year-old would not be ready for the upcoming season. But the late start has allowed Kupari enough recovery time. Before the injury, he scored 6 goals with 2 assists through 27 games.

I’d expect Kupari to spend all of the upcoming season in Ontario, as he looks to return to 100 percent. Perhaps he cracks the Kings’ roster in fall 2021.

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10. Brock Faber, RD

Faber has drawn comparisons to Boston’s Charlie McAvoy. Like Turcotte, he played under Wroblewski for the USNTDP, scoring 4 goals with 17 assists this past season. The Kings selected him with 45th overall pick, and he’ll play at least one year with the Golden Gophers. I’d expect him to need two or three years before he’s ready, similar to Grans.