Please feel free to continue posting questions over the next day or so, but right now I'll start posting the answers. Great questions so far, and I hope I'm able to give them the solid answers they deserve! Here's the first set...
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Given that there are a couple days here between the end of the draft and the start of the development camp and the free-agency period, I figured it's a good time for a mid-summer Open Forum session. Keeping in mind, of course, that I don't know which players might be joining the Kings -- and neither... Read More
The draft is only a few hours old, and already focus turns to Thursday and the start of the free-agent signing period. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun gets us started with a good blog item about the Kings' interest in Ilya Kovalchuk, and a top-four defenseman. Pierre, as usual, hit it right on, in my opini... Read More
After the draft, Michael Futa, the Kings' co-director of amateur scouting, gave his impressions of what happened and his thoughts on the Kings' five picks...
Question: Could you talk about your impressions of the draft?
FUTA: ``You have to put it all together, and we're ecstatic. I kn... Read More
Soon, I'll have some extensive quotes from Kings co-director of amateur scouting Michael Futa, talking about the draft, but first, here's a recap of today's picks, as copied from the Kings' news release. It contains relevant biographical info, stats and some quotes from today's picks: center Tyler T... Read More
Maxim Kitsyn, the Kings' sixth-round draft pick, was actually at Staples Center for the draft. Kitsyn, 18, is a forward listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds. Entering the draft, he was ranked No. 6 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Last season, in the KHL, Kitsyn had one goal and one assist ... Read More
The Kings' fifth-round pick, Kevin Gravel, is an 18-year-old defenseman listed at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds. A native of Marquette, Mich., Gravel had three goals and three assists in 53 games last season for Sioux City of the USHL. Here's a quick bio of Gravel, plus an interview he did with McKeen's Hock... Read More
With the No. 148 overall pick, in the fifth round, the Kings selected defenseman Kevin Gravel from Sioux City of the USHL.
Then, in the sixth round, the Kings traded up into the No. 158 spot and selected 19-year-old Russian forward Maxim Kitsyn, who played in the KHL last season. The Kings gave u... Read More
Two more California natives went fairly early today. Jason Zucker, a left winger and Newport Beach native, went 59th (second round) to Minnesota. Zucker played locally for the Los Angeles Hockey Club. Taylor Aronson, a defenseman and Placentia native, went 78th (third round) to Nashville. Aronson pl... Read More
Here are some quotes from Kings third-round selection Jordan Weal...
Question: Did it feel like a long wait to get picked?
WEAL: ``I didn't get too worried about the numbers and stuff. I knew I was going to go to a team, and I'm going to go to a team and show them I can play and show ... Read More
Here are some quotes from Tyler Toffoli, the Kings' second-round pick...
Question: You're listed as a center, but you also play right wing?
TOFFOLI: ``When I came to the OHL, I moved to the right wing, so that's where I've been playing for the past two years.''
Question: What did i... Read More