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Los Angeles Kings selected Quinton Byfield as second pick in 2020 NHL Draft With that pick, Byfield made NHL history as the highest black player ever to draft, according to Athletic's Ryan S ClarkQuinton Byfield Position: Center Height: 6ft 4 Weight: 214 lbs Age: 18 Club: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Nationality: Canadian GP g A P 45 32 50 82 (Stats source: EliteProspectscom) Byfield is a gifted player He possesses enormous size and reach, but moves on the ice with extreme ease His incredibly soft hands and elite puck protection allow him to generate scoring chances at will, and a heavy shot sees him finish at a high pace He is also blessed with great playability Despite his size, Byfield is not too physical defensively, but he makes up for it with a strong, active stick and impressive anticipation. However, he sometimes lacks engagement on both sides of the ice, especially in defense He also has a tendency to try to cheat for offensive chances instead of staying behind the puck All of Byfield's weaknesses can be easily remedied with help professional coaching He will easily become a non-legitimate 1 center as long as his own engine does not interfere with His ceiling may be higher than that of Alexis Lafrenière, but his floor is significantly lower What they say: Byfield has received numerous comparisons with Evgeni Malkin Craig Button, of TSN, is the most prominent draft analyst to ever do so, calling Byfield a "Malkin clone" last summer He also said Byfield had "Evgeni Malkin hands" ahead of the worlds juniors Athletic's Corey Pronman didn't make any player comparisons in his scout report, but said Byfield had "really elite hands" and his skating ability was overwhelming. t the foundation of his game Who wrote Malkin all over the place
Canadian center Quinton Byfield, considered one of the top prospects in this year's NHL Draft, was selected No 2 overall by the Kings on Tuesday
Mock NHL Draft: Who will be selected after Alexis Lafreniere ?: Tim Stutzle, Quinton Byfield, Cole Perfetti and Jake Sanderson could follow No1 pick