Even if some experts criticized the Kings’ decision to opt for Quinton Byfield in place of Tim Stuetzle in the last draft, Luc Robitaille does not regret the choice of his team.
The president of the Los Angeles formation made this revelation during his interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on Tuesday on TVA Sports.
“Both players are fantastic. Tim, we did a lot of work on him. Quinton Byfield is a big player who is able to skate. He is a player that we really like. With Canada, he was asked to play a role. He adapted to what he was asked to do. We are very happy with our choice. We want to build a team that can win. When Byfield is more mature, we believe he can help us achieve our goal. ”
When it comes to expectations for the next season, Robitaille believes the Kings can surprise.
“We want to make the playoffs, that’s the goal of our players. We finished the last season with seven straight wins. If we play the right way, we can beat several teams. It will be important to have a good start to the season, you never know what can happen. ”
If they want to make the playoffs, the Kings will need a Drew Doughty at his peak. Robitaille believes the Kings star defenseman still belongs to the elite of the NHL.
“He’s a great competitor. He plays to win, that’s his greatest quality. Having Olli Maatta to play with him is going to help him a lot. He remains our best defender and he will have a lot of ice time. ”