Mark Yannetti offers a draft recap - LA Kings Insider

On scouting Erik Cernak and selecting him in the second round:
We’ve been looking at him, Nick (Niklas Andersson) and Ruuts (Christian Ruutu) were really high on him, Mike and I had seen him quite a bit, I’ve seen him in the World Juniors. In terms of his character, when we talked to him, he’s an outstanding kid. Very rarely do you have complete control over a European’s development path, and we have complete flexibility in terms of his development path. So, there are four or five different options we can deploy with him next year, all the way from staying in Europe, to going to the American league or going to Juniors – if we sign him. So, in terms of what our development staff can do, and the fact that we can get our hands on him immediately, where a lot of times – look at Kempe’s adjustment in just one month. Give our guys the whole summer, then a whole season. If that’s the path we choose, it’s rarely open to us, and the attributes he brings at that pick, with that flexibility, made it for us a no-brainer.

On jumping up in the draft to take Austin Wagner:
It’s that classic scouts thing – ‘oh we didn’t think he’d be there’. In terms of not thinking he’d be there, that’s fine, everybody says that. But he’s a guy that we really wanted. He brings absolute blazing speed, and he’s a guy who attacks the far side of the post, not the near side, he puts his body in harm’s way and he’s single-minded when he attacks the net. Brent and I spent considerable time with him, and when we talk about culture and what fits into the Kings’ model, he is the Kings model in terms of his intangibles and off-ice attributes.

On scouting Alexander Dergachyov and how much contact was made:
We didn’t have as much contact with him, as he was in Russia. It was a little hard at time, but we had enough. Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy presence, possession guy, he’s not even close to being full grown – he’s 6’4”, but if you look at him, a guy who plays that heavy and still has room to grow, he played as heavy as a 20 year old plays in World Juniors, he’s played in the KHL. In terms of how we build, in terms of how we like to win, in terms of how we like to possess the puck, he’s a North American prototypical possession guy, but he’s in a Russian body.

On whether Dergachyov will stay in the KHL or come to North America:
He’s going to stay in the KHL for a minimum of one year. Right now, I would think one year would be the perfect amount of time for him to spend in the KHL, but that’s a little more fluid. It really depends on how much time, what his development is like if we determine he should stay another year or two or come back after that.

On the overall thoughts of the draft:
We’re definitely happy with what we came out with. We had no first round pick, and that’s just the reality of competing for a Cup. So, you move on, and you realize now that you have to hit. You have to find a Shore. A Toffoli would be great, but you have to find a Shore. You have to find a Martinez, you have to find a Miller, so, we go in with that mindset. I think we did tick those boxes off. We had a little less flexibility than I would have wanted. I wouldn’t think not having a sixth round pick would be a big thing, but it actually affected some of the moves we tried to make, both up and back. It impacted our flexibility. We still were fortunate it worked out for the most part, and the planning and the preparation the guys did attributed to that. But there were some scenarios that obviously we just couldn’t quite pull off.

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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.