The Los Angeles Kings have secured one of their bright young stars and biggest prospects.
Alex Turcotte has signed a 3-year entry-level contract.
One of the biggest things the Kings want to do is lock up their biggest and best young prospects. Turcotte was the 5th pick overall in the 1st round of the 2019 draft and comes with a lot of promise and potential. The contract starts this season (2020), meaning when hockey is back he will be with the Kings affiliate Ontario Reign of the AHL.
Time will tell how long he will be in Ontario before he gets the call and, furthermore, be a permanent player for the Kings. Turcotte does a bit of everything well on the ice and does add a bit of feistiness to his game as well. He doesn’t have the hardest shot, does not possess the speed of Connor McDavid and will not lead the league in penalty minutes. He is, however, the complete package the Kings do need right now.
Turcotte, who was playing for the University of Wisconsin of the NCAA, has scored 9 goals and added 17 assists for 26 points in 29 games. Turcotte and the Kings both have high expectations. He wants to be the best player on the ice every night and competes for every shift.
The NHL comparison might be Brad Marchand, in the sense, he can produce a bunch of points and add that sandpaper to his game. He could, in all reality, steep into that second-line center role as soon as he arrives. These next 2-3 years are crucial in his development and in the Kings rebuild.
What are your thoughts on the signing? Where do you see this playing out in the next 2-3 years?
We shall see in the years to come.
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