LA Kings Select Kasper Simontaival No. 66 – What You Need to Know

With their first pick of the third round the Kings selected Finnish forward Kasper Simontaival.

We’ll have more on this pick as the day develops (adding to this article). For now, this is what you need to know.

Early Notes

Vitals

Height: 5’9″
Weight: 172
Shoots: Right

Team: Tappara
League: Liiga
Position: Right Wing

Statistics

Regular Season
2019-20 Season: 48 GP, 25 G, 32 A, 57 Pts with Tappara U20

Tournaments
Hlinka Gretzky Cup: 4 GP, 0 G, 7 A, 7 Pt

Awards for 2019-20 Season

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Scouting Reports:

The Draft Analyst 

Simontaival has been a threat anywhere he’s played. From a top-six role in the Mestis to a first-line winger at the junior and international level, Simontaival has been able to use his quickness and attack-first mentality to generate multiple chances for himself or his linemates. Creating time and space is rarely a problem for someone with quick feet and advanced puck control like Simontaival, and his anticipation off the hop is quite high. In the last under-18 Five Nations tournament, Simontaival played alongside a pair of physical forwards in 2021 draft prospect Samuel Helenius and winger Eetu Liukas, and he was actively engaged in boards battles and fought for pucks before he dished them out for one-timers or chances near the net.

McKeen’s

His offensive weapons are all high end. Simontaival’s shot, in particular, is close to the elite level and is in the running for the best shot of any player available in the 2020 draft class. He has a shot for all occasions and can score with any of a one-timer slapper, wrist shot or on the backhand. He doesn’t need a lot of space to score, as the shots are all released very quickly and with great power.

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