LA Kings: Three excellent options with 35th overall pick

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LA Kings Draft Tyson Foerster
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Tyson Foerster

Is Tyson Foerster this year’s version of Arthur Kaliyev? The Alliston, Ontario native took a monumental leap forward offensively this past season for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. During the 2018-2019 campaign, Foerster tallied ten goals with 13 assists for 23 points and followed that with a 36 goal, 44 point effort in 62 games this past season.

At 6-foot-1, 194 pounds, the 18-year-old is a big forward, and while he’s listed as a center, Foerster primarily plays at the wing. He enters the draft ranked as the 29th best prospect, according to TSN’s McKenzie. But there’s always the chance that he slips a bit, which could cause the LA Kings to put their defensive needs on a temporary hiatus until their next pick.

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Foerster is a puck-moving forward with terrific passing abilities and above-average speed. He’s a right-handed shot that is a powerplay specialist. He led the OHL with 18 powerplay goals and chipped in two shorthanded goals as well. Foerster finished 29th in the OHL, averaging 1.29 points-per-game, which was nearly a full point increase from the previous year.

He projects to a T.J. Oshie-like player, which would obviously be very favorable for the Kings over the next decade or so.