June 29th, 2014, 01:14 PM #411
Definitely too early, but it will only take a couple more great performances for teams to show interest in the guy. After all, who was Ben Scrivens before we got him? He was the guy with weird mechanics.
Originally Posted by ryan
You still got the Garth Snow's and the Steve Yzerman's of the NHL...
June 29th, 2014, 01:16 PM #412
Did NYI trade up? I forgot that, well that would make sense then yeah.
Originally Posted by Wolvie
June 29th, 2014, 01:21 PM #413
June 29th, 2014, 01:23 PM #414
These were my guesses earlier in the thread. I don't have the prospect knowledge you do, not even close, but based on the Yannetti comments about the draft going according to plan after the midpoint I assume this means no one slid too far in the bottom half of the draft. And since the guy they wanted was a "slider" it must not have been a guy in the bottom half. That leaves Ritchie and Larkin is the guys I would guess, although I'm basing this off of McKenzie's list since that's an aggregate opinion of NHL scouts. I'm sure it's not exactly how the Kings see things, or how they think others see things.
Originally Posted by nki
June 29th, 2014, 01:30 PM #415
I think the Kings feel, based on past drafting success, that they can get high-skill guys in that late first through third round area. This is a murky area where there historically isn't a lot of advantage drafting early versus late in this range and yet the Kings scouts have been making a living here. This is truly the most impressive aspect of our recent draft history, so many hits in an area of the draft where others fail often. Look at the list - Voynov, Pearson, Toffoli, Simmonds - all guys with top-six/top-four ability.
Originally Posted by Ranma
Milano is possible, I just excluded him based on McKenzie's draft list. But it would fit my interpretation of Yannetti's comments.
Originally Posted by Ranma
June 29th, 2014, 01:33 PM #416
June 29th, 2014, 03:26 PM #417
June 30th, 2014, 04:02 PM #418
Very nice interview with Yannetti with a lot of juicy info. Just halfway through, Kings were very high on Maatta back in 2012.
2014 NHL Draft Interview (Mark Yannetti: LA Kings) - Puck Podcast
June 30th, 2014, 04:11 PM #419
Just got to say, the draft and prep leading up is about as interesting to me as the actual game itself.
And the Kings do such a great job all the way through. Patient and deliberate in the moves and picks. To have three guys ready for the 29th pick and then get some great offers to move out, but have the confidence in their preparation to stand by and make the pick is just a testament to what this organization has become in the last 6 years.
Awesome. Would love to be a fly on the wall.
June 30th, 2014, 08:18 PM #420
I just wanted to recap my thoughts on the draft picks:
#29 - Adrian Kempe: I think this is a solid pick. I mentioned in this thread he's a very good player to have in a system-based team, and that's what the Kings are. Add his speed, and I think on the low end, the Kings have a potential Trevor Lewis. The only alternative players I had in mind at this point were Barbashev or Lemieux.
#50 - Roland McKeown: I was a bit critical of his play, but as I was making the shift-by-shift video of him, I realized the video was 30 minutes long, which mirrors what Futa said about him playing "Doughty" minutes. To have that much of a role on a playoff team as an 18 year-old is pretty phenomenal. He looks like he could develop into a role between Martinez and Visnovsky, in terms of an offensive defenseman with a bit of defensive ability. Definitely needs more snarl though. However, his leadership experience along with his ability has me sold.
#60 - Alex Lintuniemi: I almost focused on him when I was watching Ottawa games, but decided to focus on Jacob Middleton. With the video I made, I do see there are likeable qualities, but not really fond of how he watches too much. I saw other players who I felt would have been better picks who play a similar role. But, as Wolvie said in the thread, it's more about the development now.
#90 - Mike Amadio: He was another player I planned on watching. I wish I started watching him earlier. He is a very disciplined, yet exciting player. Add in his size and defensive ability, and I am very pleased.
#120 - Steven Johnson: Never seen him, so I can't comment. However, I like what the scouts said about him, and the fact he grew 4" in about a year, it seems there is a lot to build on that he hasn't experienced before.
#150 - Alec Dillon: Another player I haven't seen at all. In the long run, may be an inconsequential pick, given the depth at goalie in the organization, but he fills a developmental box that I was expecting the Kings to fill.
#157 - Jake Marchment: The next player I was going to do a video on. Can't really comment since I haven't seen him, but the only player taken after him who I was excited about the Kings taking was Jaden Lindo. Will comment more when I actually see him.
#180 - Matthew Mistele: A highly touted player who fell a lot due to a disappointing year, but I read from Plymouth fans a lot of their players graduated, which propelled him from a third line to a first line role. It's understandable to have a guy struggle in those circumstances. Again, haven't seen him so I can't comment, and my copy of his game was corrupted.
#209 - Spencer Watson: He's a small one-dimensional player. Usually I don't like these kinds of players, but, as hokey as this sounds, my heart was warmed when I saw his interview with Darryl Evans. His genuine joy and enthusiasm for being drafted can't be overlooked when evaluating his character, and him waiting until the very end to hear his name called, and still smiling when he came up to the Kings, just says a lot about him. I've heard people call him a perimeter player, but that's not what I saw. He just doesn't do anything useful in the defensive end.
#210 - Jacob Middleton: I just started watching him a couple days before the draft, hoping to get at least one more player out, thinking his connection to Ottawa would be a plus to his chances. I am very pleased not only at the Kings grabbing him, but managing to make him Mr. Irrelevant. This is a big kid, who plays strong defensively. In one of his interviews, he stated his mantra was "No offense in my zone." He plays hard to shut it down. He may not be the most exciting player, but he looks like a dependable one.
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