The LA Kings will have two picks in the third round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Let’s look at a few players that might be available at each pick.

We’re into the third round of picks where the LA Kings currently hold the 72nd and 89th overall selections. It will mark the consecutive years in which the organization has had two picks in the third round. Last year, the Kings took Finnish forward Kasper Simontaival with the 66th overall pick and Harvard commit Alex Laferriere with the 83rd overall selection.

Looking back to the 2019 NHL Draft, the Kings grabbed Lukas Parik in the third round, so to say that the team could find a valuable player is a massive undersell. If you missed the first two parts in our series, see players to select with the No. 8 overall pick here and players to select in the second round here.

With the 72nd overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the LA Kings select…

Josh Doan, RW

LA Kings Draft Josh Doan
Photo Credit: Chicago Steel

The son of former NHL All-Star Shane Doan, Josh enjoyed a widely successful sophomore season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL The Arizona State commit accumulated 31 goals and 39 assists, finishing with the third-most points in the USHL last year. He also added two goals and five points in eight postseason games en route to the Clark Cup Championship. Doan features a precise shot, but his passing ability might be his most underrated part of his game.

Vitals

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 176 lbs
  • Shot: R

Rankings

  • Ranked #72 by FCHOCKEY
  • Ranked #80 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
  • Ranked #78 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #40 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
  • Ranked #87 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
  • Ranked #87 by RECRUIT SCOUTING

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One aspect of Doan’s game that is particularly notable is his play away from the puck. He plays a fast-paced game and is especially aggressive on the forecheck. He does a good job attacking the puck carrier and uses his speed and active stick to knock the puck away from puck-carriers. He surprises opposing players with his speed and aggressiveness, forcing them to give up the puck or lose it entirely. Although he does not always regain control of the puck after a challenge, he does a good job stopping the current play and forcing the team opposing him to regroup. – The Puck Authority

Josh is the son of former NHL All-Star Shane Doan. The work rate that he maintains on a shift-to-shift basis is something to behold. Considering the massive size disadvantage often at play, one has to applaud his courage. Even off the puck in the offensive zone, one can find Doan trying like mad to deploy an effective screen in front of the goaltender. – Elite Prospects

Doan has the potential to be a top-nine forward and penalty killer with his power-forward instincts. With some improvements, he could pan out into a top-six role and play a more crucial role like his father. – The Hockey Writers

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Olivier Nadeau, RW

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The St-Georga, Quebec native, has good size for his age and uses it to his advantage, shielding defenders from the puck. Nadeau tallied 15 goals and 23 points during his rookie season in the 2019-20 season with Shawinigan of the QMJHL. In his second season, he became a deadly offensive force, accumulating 13 goals and 45 points in 34 games this past season. For what it’s worth, the LA Kings haven’t taken a forward out of the Q since Valentin Zykov in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Vitals

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Shot: R

Rankings

  • Ranked #88 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
  • Ranked #77 by FCHOCKEY
  • Ranked #76 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
  • Ranked #99 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #101 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
  • Ranked #92 by DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY

Production

Quotables

Nadeau is special because he does everything well. He plays a 200-foot game and wreaks havoc on every inch of ice. He began his career as a goal-scorer but has transformed his game to become a very good all-around forward. He is a versatile player who can play in any situation and is also very consistent. He has the ability to adapt quickly and make his teammates better. – The Hockey Writers

Nadeau has good hands in tight areas along the boards and is adept at finding and banging home rebounds in front of the net. He can rip a one-timer and pick a corner, is excellent in board battles, and can provide a net-0front presence. Perhaps his most underrated skill is his passing and playmaking abilities. – The Draft Analyst

He uses his size, protects the puck, and finds teammates quickly under pressure. He can grab the puck from the yellow of the board, protect it by driving his knee and bottom hand into opponents, and slip passes to shooters in open ice. His offensive planning is among the best in the draft. He anticipates the routes of teammates and defenders and identifies productive plays ahead of time. – Elite Prospects

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Nolan Allan, LHD

The third overall pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, Nolan Allan has been a consistent defender in part of three seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders. During the 2019-20 season, Allan tallied two goals and six assists in 58 games. In the shortened 2021 season, he amassed two points in 16 games and 21 PIM. The Davidson, Saskatchewan native, exudes physicality along the blue line and is just starting to tap into his offensive potential to complement his NHL-ready defense.

Vitals

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 194 lbs
  • Shot: L

Rankings

  • Ranked #83 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
  • Ranked #102 by FCHOCKEY
  • Ranked #54 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
  • Ranked #89 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #40 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
  • Ranked #59 by RECRUIT SCOUTING
  • Ranked #93 by DOBBERPROSPECTS
  • Ranked #64 by DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY
  • Ranked #98 by SMAHT SCOUTING

Production

Quotables

Allan’s value comes from skating and defence. He’s already an NHL-calibre skater with projectable posture (knees over toes, hip flexion, chest up), lateral and backwards quickness, and separation through punch turns exited with crossovers. From that base, Allan defends the rush with NHL-ready fundamentals and a suffocating mentality. – Elite Prospects

A sturdy defender who excels in his own end. He brings some solid mobility and can move the puck up ice to his teammates, but he is still quite raw in the offensive zone. He can ‘pop’ at times, but it’s infrequent at this stage of his development. – Dobber Prospects

With a lot of highly skilled defenders on this Canada team, Allan’s assignment hasn’t changed from what his game normally entails. He is a safety valve player who tailors his game to provide a mobile and physical presence in the neutral zone and as the last man back. – FCHockey

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