Kings 2013 Draft Preview
The Los Angeles Kings are slated to have 10 selections at the 2013 NHL Draft which will take place this Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the home of the New Jersey Devils. Drafting well has been one of the staples for a Kings franchise who have established themselves as one of the top organizations in the National Hockey League.
Although the Kings do not currently have a pick in the first round and do not have a selection until late in the second round (57th overall) unless they trade up in the draft, the Kings should be able to find valuable impact players in this year’s draft class.
Here is a quick look at some impact players drafted by the Kings that were not first round picks.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick (third round, 72nd overall in 2005)
Defenseman Slava Voynov (second round, 32nd overall in 2008)
Defenseman Alec Martinez (fourth round, 95th overall in 2007)
Left wing Dwight King (fourth round, 109th overall in 2007)
Defenseman Jake Muzzin (fifth round, 141st overall in 2007)
Left wing Kyle Clifford (second round, 35th overall in 2009)
Right wing Jordan Nolan (seventh round, 186th overall in 2009)
Right wing Tyler Toffoli (second round, 47th overall in 2010)
The Kings also have several impact players in Manchester that are developing their skills and climbing the ranks to the NHL.
Center Robbie Czarnik (third round, 63rd overall in 2008)
Defenseman Andrew Campbell (third round, 74th overall in 2008)
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers (third round, 84th overall in 2009)
Center Linden Vey (fourth round, 96th overall in 2009)
Defenseman David Kolomatis (fifth round, 126th overall in 2009)
Right wing Brandon Kozun (sixth round, 179th overall in 2009)
Center Jordan Weal (third round, 70th overall in 2010)
Center Andy Andreoff (third round, 80th overall in 2011)
Once the future Kings are drafted on Sunday, they will likely complete their junior careers or collegiate careers before turning professional. Many of these players will make a stop in New Hampshire and play for the Manchester Monarchs as they hone their skills and become accustomed to being a professional athlete on and off the ice. All of the aforementioned players are former or current Monarchs.
While the Los Angeles Kings are on the clock this weekend, so too is Monarchs Country as everyone waits to see who could be headed to Manchester in the near future.