Round 1: Dylan Guenther, RW
The Kings haven’t taken a player from the WHL since Jaret Anderson-Dolan was selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Before that, Kale Clague was plucked from the Brandon Wheat Kings in the second round of the 2016 Draft.
Dylan Guenther just wrapped up playing for Team Canada in the U18s in Frisco, Texas, tallying four goals and three assists en route to the Gold Medal. Before that, he was in his second full season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in an abbreviated 24-game season, tallying 12 goals and 12 assists.
Six of his points came on the man advantage, another area the LA Kings have struggled with as of late. The 2019-2020 WHL Rookie of the Year profiles a Nikita Kucherov-type player, and he’s, rightfully so, projected to be a top-six winger when he reaches his full potential.
"The shot remains an explosive goal-scoring tool, enhanced by his top-of-the-class off-puck timing and instincts around the net. – EPRinkside"