June 25, 2011 1:30 pm

Kings draft pick interviews

Chris Gibson, Nick Shore and Michael Mersch, three of the newest Kings prospects, did some interviews today after being drafted. Here are some of the highlights of those interviews, followed by links to the full interviews…

GIBSON: “I’m very excited to be an L.A. King right now. It was a long day yesterday, waiting for my name to be called. Unfortunately, it didn’t, but now I’m happy that L.A. called me in the second round. … I’ve looked at them [the Kings] a bit more, after I’ve been talking with the L.A. scouts a little bit. I’ll be excited to go there and see what’s going on.”

(on his goalie style…)
GIBSON: “I’m a butterfly-style goalie. I’ve always been that way, and with Marc Denis, we’ve been working to develop that a little bit.”

Chris Gibson interview with Daryl Evans

(on being drafted…)
SHORE: “It’s awesome. Obviously it’s a great feeling. You put a lot of work in, into getting drafted, and obviously I’m really excited to be drafted by a great organization like the Kings.”

(on his freshman season at Denver…)
SHORE: “It was a little bit of a rough start for me, obviously. I broke my wrist in my first college game, so obviously that hindered it a little bit. I didn’t really get going until the second half, but I think after that it started getting much better. At this point, I think everyone is looking forward to getting started. I think we all have some pretty high expectations for ourselves.”

Nate Shore interview on NHL Network

(on being drafted…)
MERSCH: “I’m excited. I’m excited to be a part of this organization. I’ve only heard good things about it, and I’m looking forward to the future.”

(on his playing style, and players people have said he compares with…)
MERSCH: “I like to play my power-forward game. Hopefully I can work hard and hopefully end up on the roster someday. … I like being in front of the net. Tomas Holmstrom is great, I like watching him in front. So far, I’ve heard Wayne Simmonds a little bit, but now he’s not on the team anymore, which is unfortunate. I like to watch a lot of players and pick things from them.”

Michael Mersch interview with Daryl Evans

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