Through two seasons in the OHL, Quinton Byfield has proven to be a very creative player with excellent vision on the ice. He's expected to go top-three in this year's draft.
Quinton Byfield completed his second and likely final season in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves.
The big 6’4”, 215lbs center already has NHL size and will get bigger and stronger. He actually plays bigger than his size. Byfield has been described as an Evgeni Malkin type player with perhaps a little more grind to his game.
Through two seasons in the OHL, Byfield has proven to be a very creative player with excellent vision on the ice. He racked up impressive offensive numbers; totaling 61 goals and 82 assists in 109 career games. Those numbers won’t transfer to the NHL immediately, but he will be on an NHL roster in his first year of eligibly.
The main criticism of Byfield has been his play at the bigger stages of his young career. Byfield struggled at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and fell out of favour at this year’s World Junior championship, where Canada won gold. Popular hockey insider Bob McKenzie says it’s something NHL teams shouldn’t be worry about, “Traditionally, scouts don’t hold the lack of WJC performance against a prospect. Conventional wisdom is prospects can only help, not hurt, themselves at the WJC”.
Byfield wasn’t very good in the CHL Prospects Game in Hamilton in mid-January, but his play in the final two months of the OHL season helped the Wolves finish first place in the Central division for the second consecutive year.
Byfield’s hockey sense is among the best in the OHL let alone the CHL. He’s the centre of attention every time he’s on the ice and has the ability to read the play so well. Byfield hasn’t done enough to surpass Alexis Lafreniere for top spot in this year’s draft, but in most scouts minds he will likely be the second overall selection.
Under the guidance of Kings Captain Anze Kopitar, Byfield will be shown the ropes of NHL life. Eventually, he will take over that Kings first line centre position and become the foundation of the organization for years to come.
2nd overall – Los Angeles Kings