Los Angeles selected Ziemmer, 18, with the 78th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft earlier this year. Ziemmer was a widely polarizing prospect after a monster year with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars, with some expecting him to get a look in the late first round while others projected him to fall as late as the fourth or fifth round.
Elite Prospects tabbed Ziemmer 40th in their final 2023 draft rankings, praising his speed, skill and physicality. The Mayerthorpe, Alberta-born winger has NHL size at 6 feet and 210 pounds and finished ninth in WHL scoring last season with 41 goals and 89 points in 68 contests. He struggled defensively, though, leading some to question to what degree he’d be a liability at the NHL level.
Nonetheless, Ziemmer remains one of the higher-ceiling prospects in the team’s system. He’s off to a decent start with the Cougars this year, potting seven goals and 24 points through 16 games. Ziemmer remains linemates with center Riley Heidt, who the Wild selected one round earlier after posting a similar stat line to Ziemmer in Prince George last season. Some public scouting sites, such as Dobber Prospects, are confident in Ziemmer’s ability to translate into a top-six winger for the Kings, giving him an NHL certainty score of 8.5/10 and putting his peak at 80 points in a season and listing him as their best wing prospect behind Arthur Kaliyev, who’s already solidified an everyday NHL role and has seven points through 13 games this season.
Ziemmer will remain on assignment to WHL Prince George for the rest of the season. Given his December 2004 birthday, his entry-level contract is only eligible to slide for one season, and he will be eligible for assignment to the AHL’s Ontario Reign in 2024-25.