Prospect Update: 2012 NHL Draft - LA Kings Insider

As many junior and collegiate leagues are nearing the end of the regular season, LA Kings Insider will take a look at the performances of recent draft picks. This week, the players selected at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh will be accounted for.

No. 30 — Tanner Pearson, LW, Manchester (AHL)
2012-13 stats, Manchester Monarchs: 52 GP, 13 G, 22 A, 35 Pts, +13, 10 PIM
-It’s not always a smooth transition from junior hockey to the professional ranks as a 20 year old, but Tanner Pearson had found a niche on Manchester’s top line before succumbing to an upper body injury on February 23 that is likely to keep the left wing out through early March. Skating with Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli, the balanced Pearson has grown into the American Hockey League and had accounted for 10 goals and 31 points over the 39 games prior to his injury.

No. 121 — Nikolai Prokhorkin, LW, CSKA Moscow (KHL)
2012-13 stats, Manchester Monarchs: 8 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pts, +2, 6 PIM
2012-13 stats, CSKA Moscow: 14 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 Pts, +1, 10 PIM
2012-13 stats, THK Tver (VHL): 5 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts, +1, 4 PIM
-Prokhorkin debuted as a 19-year old in the AHL before returning to Russia and splitting time between CSKA Moscow and its VHL affiliate, THK Tver. The left wing made CSKA’s postseason roster and provided a valuable insurance goal in a 3-1 road win over seventh-seeded HC Lev Praha that gave second-seeded CSKA a three-games-to-none series lead. CSKA won the series in four games and will meet defending Gagarin Cup champion Dinamo Moscow in the second round. The goal was Prokhorkin’s lone point thus far in the KHL playoffs, though he has played in all four playoff games.

No. 151 — Colin Miller, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
2012-13 stats, Soo Greyhounds: 49 GP, 18 G, 31 A, 49 Pts, +16, 70 PIM
-A 20-year-old with a late birthday, Miller has blossomed as the overage team captain of the Soo Greyhounds, developing into a point-a-game player while leading Sault Ste. Marie to its first playoff berth in three years. Miller missed four weeks of the season in September and October while recovering from an inflamed and infected bursa sac in his left Achilles tendon. The strong skater has been playing some of his best hockey of the season as of late, accounting for four goals, 11 points and a plus-8 rating in his last nine games played.

No. 171 — Tomas Hyka, RW, Gatineau (QMJHL)
2012-13 stats, Gatineau Olympiques: 47 GP, 19 G, 31 A, 50 Pts, +9, 24 PIM
-The Gatineau Olympiques have lost seven in a row in advance of Wednesday’s game against Victoriaville and are soon expecting to regain the services of Hyka, who has been held out of action since February 19 due to injury. Hyka had been putting up some gaudy numbers prior to his injury, potting five goals and nine assists for 14 points along with a plus-6 rating over his last nine games before leaving the lineup. Hyka tied for second in team scoring on the Czech Republic team that finished in fifth place at the World Junior Championships. It was the second consecutive year Hyka represented the Czech Republic at World Juniors.

No. 181 — Paul LaDue, D, Lincoln (USHL)
2012-13 stats, Lincoln Stars: 49 GP, 10 G, 27 A, 37 Pts, +16, 16 PIM
-A University of North Dakota commit for fall, 2013, the 6-foot-1 LaDue has broken out offensively for the Lincoln Stars this season and currently leads the USHL in defensive scoring. Last month the Grand Forks, N.D. native became the highest scoring defenseman in the history of the Lincoln program and took part in the first outdoor game in USHL history as the Stars fell 4-2 to the rival Omaha Lancers at T.D. Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.

No. 211 — Nick Ebert, D, Windsor (OHL)
2012-13 stats, Windsor Spitfires: 63 GP, 10 G, 27 A, 37 Pts, -38, 54 PIM
-The multifaceted defenseman who won the hardest shot competition at last year’s CHL Top Prospects Game is yet to replicate his 41-point 16-year-old OHL season, though his minus-38 rating is likely more of a reflection of playing a lot of minutes on an a sputtering Windsor Spitfires team. There’s still the potential that the New Jersey native could play in the 2014 Memorial Cup, as Windsor was one of three finalists – along with Barrie and London, Ont. – though the rebuilding Spitfires may not yet be at the competitive level appropriate to host the tournament.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.