2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Long Shots: Filip Kral

Name: Filip Král
Position: LHD
Physical: Height: 6’1″ / 185 cm, Weight: 172 lbs / 78 kg
TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: #15
Acquired: 2018 NHL Draft, Round 5, 149th overall
Král has been a good offensive producer for Spokane, while being held to defensive responsibilities as well. He scored 35 points in 54 games in his draft year, and another 36 points in 47 games in this most recent season. That’s a quantifiable, though not super significant, improvement on the offensive side of the game.

It’s typically very difficult for a player to transition into the NHL without some semblance of offensive ability and Král has certainly shown enough of that to be worth keeping an eye on. It’s also important to note that Král isn’t typically a major powerplay player for Spokane, so his points primarily come at even strength, unlike the more offensive players on the back end. Last season, 11 of his 36 (30.6%) points were on the powerplay, compared to 31 of 69 (44.9%) for his teammate Ty Smith and 21 of 51 (41.2%) for his linemate Nolan Reid.
There’s a more nuanced statistic we can use, called “PNHLe”. It was developed by Mason Black (@NHL Rank King), based on the “NHLe” statistic developed by Gabe Desjardins. At …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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