By J.T. Toth
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The Los Angeles Kings have recalled prospect Alex Turcotte from AHL Ontario. The 22 year old was the fifth overall pick back in the 2019 NHL Draft after some productive season’s for the U.S. National Development Program.
Turcotte has played only 12 games in his brief NHL career. In 2021-2022 he played in eight games and did not score a point, and returned in 2022-2023 and was again scoreless in 4 games for the Kings.
Turcotte has gotten off to a good start for the Ontario Reign this season, posting 7 goals and 16 assists in 28 games. The Kings are hoping he can break through for the NHL club considering this is his final season of waiver exemption. The Kings will need to give the youngster some playing time to see how or if he fits into their future plans.
The Kings may have reached in selecting Turcotte #5 overall and passed on some talented players such as defenseman Moritz Seider (6), Trevor Zegras (9), and Cole Caufield (15). Los Angeles has struggled as of late and could use a 3rd center to step up behind Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault.
Turcotte is a 5’11” 185 lbs center who has creative vision and offensive playmaking ability that he has not been able to transfer over to the NHL yet. He skates well and has shown the ability to make plays while moving fast. He is undersized and has had issues in his 12 games in the NHL playing strong on the puck.
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