There should be some intriguing options available even at the 29th overall slot this year. Prospects like David Pastrnak (RW/LW) and Jack Dougherty (D) might be considerations at that position but I'm personally hoping Nikita Scherbak (RW) falls to us there or we move up for Kasperi Kapanen (RW). Also, while there are some other attractive bloodline names like Nylander, Lemieux, MacInnis, and maybe even Audette, I'm hoping Dean Lombardi considers Ryan Donato (C). Sonny Milano (LW), who was profiled earlier in this thread, is another promising prospect with impressive high-end skills who should avoid the Rob Schremp career path under the Kings' developmental system.
Given DL's history of not selecting top high school prospects, I hope he isn't neglecting them for consideration, especially when you consider the respective successes of recent former prep draftees like Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, and Nick Leddy. I guess it makes sense given the relatively little exposure these type of candidates get and the lack of competition they usually face, but the payoff seems like it could be bigger depending on what developmental program (both minors and pro) they continue on to. However, I'm not necessarily advocating spending more resources into exploring high school talent, but rather investigating further into each class's top prep prospect or three to determine their worthiness for consideration.
While I wasn't high on Neddy myself, I was actually hoping the Kings would have moved up from their 35th overall position in the second round of the 2009 Draft to get Kreider, but alas, the Rangers took him 19th overall while Leddy went to Minnesota at 16th overall. The Kings didn't make out too badly that year coming away with both Brayden Schenn with the 5th overall pick and Kyle Clifford with the aforementioned second-round selection. Also, I was high on McDonagh but admittedly surprised to see him go 12th overall to the Canadiens in the Thomas Hickey draft of 2007. Subsequently, I've heard previously that Lombardi was in exploratory discussions with the Rangers in order to acquire Kreider within the past two years.
In any case, I'm not as high on Donato as I was on Kreider or McDonagh, but he still sounds like an intriguing sleeper based on a couple of publication profiles. Ideally, the Kings would nab him in the second round to eventually put into our developmental pipeline, but given that it's basically an early third-round pick if we even keep it, it doesn't look likely that he'll be available past our late first-rounder.
The Hockey News 2014 Draft Preview
McKeen's 2014 NHL Draft Guide
Delivered a fantastic season as the highest scoring prep forward for the second consecutive year ..committed to Harvard where he will play for his father/Coach Ted an NHL veteran of 13 years .. average in size and stature, Donato plays at a controlled, aggressive pace and is not afraid to get his nose dirty .. finds ways to exploit seams, sidestepping defenders, the gifted stick handler has excellent 1 on 1 skills .. possess strong vision with the puck however can be prone at times to playing individualistic game.. skating lacks an explosive element but he has tremendous balance and is extremely agile .. flashed his skills including his lightning quick release in a stand out performance at the All American Top Prospects game.. wields a very hard and heavy shot than can sting a goalie and produce a juicy rebound .. a tad under-sized and needs to focus on his consistency away from the puck especially below his own blue line .. played a ton of minutes this season and even though competitors focused on him constantly he still managed to produce alarming numbers and single handily took his team to semi-finals of the Small School Championships.