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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkyfmly View Post
    Is this Draft deep enough to get a good quality player at pick 26-29 which is where we will now be. I have read all your evaluations and thank you for doing it but who will still be available to take? And who should we take if any are still available?
    In my years of following the drafts, I've learned that the development side is just as important as the "draft class" side, because you'll always find gems in every draft. So... this particular draft is considered poor, but a good argument I've read is it's sandwiched between two very good draft classes (2013 was very good and 2015 is expected to be phenomenal). Either way, I, myself, don't put a lot of weight in draft class quality... but to those who do put weight in it, no, it's not considered a deep draft.

    As for who will be available, most of the players I have evaluated I picked because there's a reasonable chance of them being available at the time I wrote about them. The scene changes a little bit now, because the Kings will be picking 26-29th, but a lot of the players I wrote could definitely fall. Players who I expect will be gone by the time the Kings pick (as of this writing, and in no particular order):

    Robbi Fabbri
    Nikita Scherbak
    Ivan Barbashev
    Sonny Milano
    Travis Sanheim
    Roland McKeown
    Nikolay Goldobin
    Jared McCann

    Of course, these players can also fall, but these are the ones I would be least surprised being gone by the time the Kings pick.

    As for who I want the Kings to pick... I hope the Kings grab a forward, most notably because I think serviceable defensemen will be easier to nab in the later rounds. Out of the players I've written about, though, I admit I haven't made a comprehensive list, but here's a quick run through:

    Likely first rounders I hope would fall to the Kings:
    1. Nikita Scherbak - Extremely fast, hard working, skilled, and smart. Made a fast transition to the North American game, and he carried his team's offense the same way Kopitar carried the Kings offensively a few years ago.
    2. Sonny Milano - Like Scherbak, very fast, tenacious, and skilled. What I really like about having him in the system is he is committed to a good team in Boston College, so the Kings would have his rights for two additional developmental years if they feel it's necessary.
    3. Robby Fabbri - Reminds me of Mike Richards in his prime. Love this kid. Was OHL MVP in the playoffs and is about to start playing in the Memorial Cup.
    4. Jared McCann - Very savvy player with good vision, two way game, and an incredible shot. Suffered from inconsistency, but if he can put it together, could be great.

    Possible first rounders I think will be available to the Kings, and I would be happy:
    1. Conner Bleackley - Could fall to the second round, but he's very fast, hard working two way player, and he is one of the youngest captains in the WHL.
    2. John Quenneville - At first I was a little "meh" on him because he lacks a gamebreaking approach, but for a late first? Solid prospect.
    3. Julius Honka - Plays bigger than his size, oozes talent. Very likeable player.

    Possible/Likely first rounders I hope the Kings avoid:
    1. Nikolay Goldobin - He's very skilled and fun to watch, but I just don't see him as a fit on the team.
    2. Travis Sanheim - Getting high praise for his U-18s, but I think he just plays better on the bigger, international ice. I don't think he'll make a good transition in the NHL.
    3. Roland McKeown - He has a lot of natural talent, but like Goldobin, I don't see him as a good fit.

    Probable 2nd/3rd rounders I would be happy with the Kings getting:
    1. Alexis Vanier - Huge offensive defenseman whose production dropped due to a shoulder injury.
    2. Nelson Nogier - He missed half the season due to injury, but he's as steady and mobile as they come, and big.

    Later round picks I would be happy if the Kings took:
    1. Brett Lernout - Very big and very mean. Epitomizes "tough to play against."
    2. Nick Magyar - Led his team in scoring as a rookie. Not a game breaker, but not bad either.

    There are other players who either don't fit into any of the categories, or I'm "meh" about the Kings grabbing. And of course there are plenty of players who I have seen that I'm not ranking, because I want to read more about them, too or I'm working with a smaller sample size than normal. I try to watch 2 random games per prospect, but the next player I'm going to write about, Adrian Kempe from Sweden, I've only seen once.

    Besides, I am hoping in the near future, we'll have some other draftniks chime in with their list/observations

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    Thank you for the answer. I am so looking forward to the draft just like I do every year. I hope you do a analysis of our picks after it is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkyfmly View Post
    Thank you for the answer. I am so looking forward to the draft just like I do every year. I hope you do a analysis of our picks after it is over.
    You're welcome and thank you for the feedback as well I hope you continue to enjoy and contribute.

    As to the analysis, I plan to. I have about 30 OHL/QMJHL games saved, as well as a couple U-18 games. I plan to watch the drafted players as extensively as I have access to give my thoughts. Time and ability permitting, I would also like to edit out the shifts of the drafted prospects and post them on here... It wouldn't be a highlight reel, because I want to give a "real" picture of the prospect as opposed to just making him look good. There's no certainty on the video, though. It's an ambitious goal to tackle

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    Adrian Kempe


    BIO
    DOB: 9/13/96
    Height: 6’1
    Weight: 187 lbs
    Team: Modo (SHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

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    Central Scouting: 6th among European Skaters

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    Kempe might be one of the more safe picks come draft day because he is so well rounded and because, as stated earlier, he does have a number of tools that he uses to his advantage. On top of that, despite being one of the youngest players in this year's draft, he is already playing in the top league in Sweden against fully-grown men.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile: Adrian Kempe - On the Forecheck

    Kempe plays the game like a bull in a china shop. He drives the net hard, not caring who he has to bull over to get to the areas he wants to go. He is first in on the forecheck, and just loves to punish defenders in the corners. Given his age, and a need to fill out his frame, he is still remarkably effective in winning board battles. He protects the puck very well on the cycle and is a menace down low. His wrist shot is very hard and heavy. It also features a good release. Adrian Kempe also has decent vision and passing skills which he uses out of the cycle. His stickhandling is okay, but he certainly plays a North-South game, and takes the direct route to things, instead of trying to use too many moves to try and get by a defender.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile #21: Adrian Kempe - Last Word On Sports - Last Word On Sports

    My Take
    It’s unfortunate I only had a chance to see one game of his, as he is a very intriguing prospect. He put up respectable numbers playing as a 17 year-old in a men’s professional league. For comparison’s sake, Anze Kopitar put up 20 points (8 G, 12 A) in 47 games as an 18 year-old, while Kempe put up 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in one less year of development.

    What adds to these numbers is Kempe does play a solid defensive game, and in the one game I saw, was often the first forward back in the defensive zone, while also supporting the breakout and anticipating dangerous passes.

    I did not see the “bull in a china shop” approach others have seen. He reminded me a lot of Trevor Lewis. He seems like a very safe pick to make the professional transition, but on the other hand, be wary of “safe” picks – the Kings once made a very safe pick with Lauri Tukonen in 2004.

    In either case, he seems to be a good value pick who would fit in the Kings system if he were to fall to them.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Allsvenkstan J18 Playoffs: 4 GP, 5g, 3a, 8 pts, 6 PIM, +2
    SuperElit J20 Regular: 20 GP, 3g, 16a, 19 pts, 32 PIM, +6
    SuperElit J20 Playoffs: 5 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 6 PIM, +2
    SHL Regular: 45 GP, 5g, 6a, 11 pts, 12 PIM, +5
    SHL Playoffs: 2 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, +0
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 1g, 6a, 7 pts, 16 PIM, -2

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    Vladislav Kamenev


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    DOB: 8/12/96
    Height: 6’2
    Weight: 203 lbs
    Team: Magnitogork (MHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

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    Central Scouting: 13th among European skaters

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    Regardless though, Kamenev is a strong defensive forward who plays well in all three zones. He’s got great size, displays a good work ethic and protects the puck well.


    Offensively, Kamenev has a good shot and gets it off quickly but also displays good vision and playmaking ability. Good on his blades as well, the Russian pivot is a technically sound skater. Getting consistent playing time at the KHL level will surely be good for his development and hopefully his maturity. Kamenev needs to learn to keep his emotions in check and avoid unnecessary penalties.
    Vladislav Kamenev - Pro Puck Prospects - The #1 Guide to the NHL Draft

    Big pivot is the most fundamentally sound forward we've seen all year. Has size, hands, vision, work ethic, skating ability, and puck skills.
    NHL draft ranks shuffled in November

    My Take
    He was in a three way tie for the scoring lead on Team Russia in the U-18, while playing an all around game and wearing the “C.” If that’s not enough to grab your attention, he drives to the net and has a physical element to his game. He seemingly took his role as captain very seriously, as he effectively communicated with his team and made on-ice commands. There is a lot to like about this versatile player with good size.

    There are a couple question marks, however. The biggest question mark is the “Russian factor,” especially given what happened to the Kings with Nikolai Prokhorkin. While I haven’t spoken to Kamenev, so I don’t know his intentions, I do think it is pretty telling that he is willing to come to North America to participate in the combines.

    The other major concern I have about him, is while he is a fluid, efficient skater, he lacks that fifth gear and doesn’t show a sense of urgency. I wouldn’t go so far to say as he coasts, and I only saw one game, but I didn’t see a moment of “taking it to the next level” from him. Long term, that could make him a frustrating, albeit intriguing, prospect to watch.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 4 GP, 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 2 PIM, +2
    VHL Regular: 3 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 2 PIM, -1
    VHL Playoffs: 1 GP, 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 0 PIM, -1
    MHL Regular: 15 GP, 4g, 6a, 10 pts, 12 PIM, +10
    MHL Playoffs: 5 GP, 1g, 2a, 3 pts, 4 PIM, -3
    KHL Regular: 16 GP, 1g, 0a, 1 pt, 2 PIM, -1
    WJC U-18: 5 GP, 2g, 5a, 7 pts, 2 PIM, +0
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    Here is the only Kempe video available online pretty much, sadly does not even show his goals just some blips. His skating with the puck kind of reminds me of Kopitar, not anything else just the stride and the stance. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by nki View Post
    Here is the only Kempe video available online pretty much, sadly does not even show his goals just some blips. His skating with the puck kind of reminds me of Kopitar, not anything else just the stride and the stance. #36

    Good find, nki! I am going to go back and put in videos/stats once the Mem Cup is over. A lot more are popping up now.

    As for Kempe, he does have some shades of Kopitar on the breakout and in the neutral zone. I see what you mean.

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    The bleacher report mock draft has us at 27. Los Angeles Kings: Connor Bleackley, RW, Red Deer (WHL). From everything I have read and seen I would like this pick very much.
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    The interviews at the combine have already occurred. The physical testing is going on today.

    One player I know the Kings talked to is Dylan Larkin, and that's because he interviewed with all 30 teams.

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    I really wish there was somewhere we could see ALL the combine results and not just the top 10. https://link.nhl.com/centralscouting/public/
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