Lists project the type of player available at 11th overall - LA Kings Insider

LAKI draft coverage will pick up in June, but if you’re looking for expert projections and mock drafts, and have you covered.

First, there’s prospects guru Corey Pronman of ESPN, whose top-100 list of draft-eligible prospects came out today. A more detailed evaluation of the top 20 picks produced this evaluation of Swedish defender Erik Brannstrom, who checked in at 11th on Pronman’s list – the position L.A. is slotted to claim a player when the first round of the draft commences on June 23 at the United Center in Chicago.

Brannstrom is a favorite of mine relative to the opinions of many scouts. I’ve been very impressed the past two to three seasons, and I think he has a good pro ceiling. He’s a small defenseman at 5-foot-10, but he does a lot well. Brannstrom is a great skater, is gifted on his edges and has a good top gear. He can make plays in open ice because though his puck skills aren’t fantastic, they are solid, and his feet and great vision allow him to make a lot happen. His defense could use a little tweaking, as I’ve seen him make errors he shouldn’t, but he has still displayed the ability to play tough minutes. Despite the occasional gaffe, his hockey IQ shines most shifts. Although he is small, Brannstrom has an edge to his game as well.

Brannstrom had one goal and six points as a young 18-year-old – he made the 2017 draft cutoff by two weeks – playing with HV 71 in the SHL last season. Again, this isn’t to suggest that L.A. is keyed in on him, but rather that this is the type of player who could be available should L.A. walk to stage owning the 11th pick. Brannstrom actually goes 23rd in the mock draft compiled by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button, who tabbed OHL-Mississauga sniper Owen Tippett going to the Kings at 11. “Owen may be best shooter in this draft and Kings need offence,” Button wrote.

Keep in mind 2013-14 LA Junior King Kailer Yamamoto, a Spokane native who plays for his hometown Chiefs in the WHL, is projected as a mid-first round pick. The skilled five-foot eight forward whose brother, Keanu, also came through the Junior Kings, is slotted 14th by Pronman, 25th by Button, and 17th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings.

In what won’t surprise anyone who pays attention to turn-of-the-millenium naming patters in Western Canada, there are two Cales in Pronman’s top-100 list – one from Calgary and one Carlyle, Saskatchewan – one year after Los Angeles took a Kale with their top pick. No Braydens, Bradens or Braidenns in Pronman’s list, though.

NHL Central Scouting final rankings: North American Skaters | North American Goalies | European Skaters | European Goalies

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.