Monday night hosted the NHL draft lottery. And in an event that featured a disappointing spoiler for Columbus Blue Jackets fans, the Chicago Blackhawks win the Connor Bedard sweepstakes.
Without a first-round pick, Los Angeles Kings fans weren't tuning in to see where their team lands in this year's draft. But, still had some interest in who won the top spot.
With the Anaheim Ducks holding the best odds for the number one spot, Kings fans were hoping to avoid seeing Bedard in the freeway faceoff for the next two decades. They got their wishes, although, Adam Fantilli is going to be quite a consolation prize.
It's far too early to make this comparison. But there's a potential, Anze Kopitar vs Ryan Getzlaf-type battle in the future. With two big, skilled centers, Quinton Byfield and Fantilli, expected to anchor the number one center spot for both teams.
The San Jose Sharks were also at the top of this draft, earning the fourth overall pick. They'll also get an excellent forward too. With one of Matvei Michkov, Leo Carlsson or Will Smith falling into their laps at four.
With home state rivals bolstering their prospect pools with superstar talent and no first-round pick for the second season in a row. The Kings really need their young players to take the next step soon.
Golden Knights Take 2-1 Series Lead
In a dominant 5-1, the Vegas Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night and some cracks are appearing for Edmonton.
One big key in that game for Vegas is a competent penalty kill, something the Kings lacked. They stayed disciplined and took just two penalties, killing off both.
Most importantly, from a King's perspective, there's a real chance Jonathan Quick sees game action for the Golden Knights. Laurent Brossoit had to leave the game with a lower-body injury, leaving Adin Hill and Quick as the two goalies.
Hill was stellar in relief, but Quick is now one bad game, or unfortunate injury, away from manning Vegas' net.
National Hockey Now:
PittsburgHockeyNow: Mike Sullivan's seat might be warming up after missing the playoffs.
ChicagoHockeyNow: The celebrations have begun in Chicago, the Bedard era will soon be upon us.
SanJoseHockeyNow: Carlsson, Michkov or Smith? Who should the Sharks take at number four?
CalgaryHockeyNow: Tyler Toffoli on the move? His trade value is at an all-time high.