The Los Angeles Kings have had a happy hand at the lottery of the draft of the national hockey League (NHL) on Friday.
The formation of california which was initially expected to recover in the fourth rank, will speak, finally, at the second level.
“It was still trying to understand the system when it was rendered in the top 5”, exclaimed the president of the Kings, Luc Robitaille, with his humor, on TVA Sports.
“That said, we are very happy to have been able to climb out of the way. It was important for our organization.”
Robitaille did not hide the intentions of his team: not a question of selecting a defender.
“It takes us a good attacker, he explained. We want a player before that can make the difference in matches, this is what we look at.”
“There’s a lot of young people like Alex Turcotte, Samuel Fagemo, Arthur Kaliyev, Rasmus Kupari and Gabriel Vilardi. It has a lot of talent, but we took another one.”
Robitaille clarified, however having full confidence in his defenders.
“We were lucky last year in capturing Tobias Bjornfot [a defender] in 22nd place, he confessed. Our recruiters have done a very good job. We are quite confident with what it was defensive.”
With the second selection, the Kings should draft the German Tim Stützle or the Canadian Quinton Byfield, who are ranked just behind Alexis Lafrenière.