The Kings will loan Gabriel Vilardi to Team Canada for the World Juniors.
Vilardi was the No.11 overall pick in 2017 has been limited over the last year with a back injury but recently started a conditioning stint with Ontario (AHL). The Kings top prospect has one assist in those four games and should be one of the top prospects at this year’s World Junior Championship.
The Kings select Gabriel Vilardi with the 11th overall pick.
Vilardi was limited to just 49 games this season, but posted an impressive 61 points (29G / 32A) for the Windsor Spitfires. He added six points in seven playoff games before they were eliminated by the London Knights, but was one of their best players during their Memorial Cup run, solidifying himself as a potential top 5 pick. He is a big bodied centre who excels below the dots with his impressive puck possession and on-ice vision.