LA Kings: First round targets if NHL Draft started today, Part II

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LA Kings Draft Kent Johnson
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Scouting Report

"Michigan’s NCAA Tournament came to a premature end before they even played a game. Having been able to keep COVID out of the locker room in the new year, Michigan had to pull out of the tournament the day of their first game due to health and safety protocols. Johnson had a solid season where he was able to showcase his video game-like ability with the puck. He was just over a point-per-game player with Michigan putting up 27 points in 26 games. He may be one of the most highlight-heavy prospects in the class and there are some areas of improvement in terms of pace and skating paths that he will need to work on but the fact of the matter is that he has an enticing upside with his skill and swagger. Where he goes will dictate how well he’s developed with a good development system being necessary for Johnson reaching his full potential. Dobber Prospects/Ferrari Johnson has made the transition from the BCHL to the NCAA appear seamless. Skating on an extremely exciting third line alongside fellow-2021 draft-eligible, Matt Beniers, Johnson has recorded seven points through his first four games. It certainly isn’t hurting matters that the University of Michigan squad is exceptionally skilled this season, but the 18-year-old has been making high-level plays. He doesn’t own burning speed, but he’s smart, shifty, and boasts excellent puck skills. This year’s forward group is lacking a standout so it’ll be a dogfight to see which one hears his name called first. Johnson’s start has put him right in that mix. Dobber Prospects/Robinson"


  • 19-20: 41G, 60A, 14 PIM in 52 games for the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL, serving as the team’s alternate captain
  • 2021: 9 G, 18 A, 4 PIM, +16 in 26 games for Michigan