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):
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