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    Time for the annual 2014 NHL Draft Thread!

    I know I'm starting this one a lot later than usual. I've spent the majority of my time watching the Kings prospects so I can provide contributions to Mayor's Manor. I just wrote a great article on Hudson Fasching, and a couple days later, he was traded away... so, that was disappointing. I also got married a couple weeks ago, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to maintain this thread, all things considered.

    However, now that things are settling down, it's time to get back to some good old fashioned draft discussion!

    My contribution to this thread will be a little bit different than in the past. I'm still going to post prospect profiles, but I'm going to limit mentioning how likely Lombardi is to draft a player. In part, I've been able to watch a lot more players, so I can give a perspective of someone who watches instead of what I just read.

    I am hoping with this set up, you will find more enjoyment reading this thread and decide for yourself who you would want Lombardi to draft, as opposed to looking at a player, see the "low predictability" score I used before, and write the player off. Of course, the normal disclaimer applies: I am not a professional scout. I find enjoyment doing this, and while it would be a privilege to do this on a professional basis, I am just a fan like the rest of you. So take my two cents for what they're worth... two cents.

    Speaking of rankings, Bob MacKenzie now has the rankings of the top prospects on his site:
    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=95289

    Per TSN, here is where the Kings will be picking:

    1st round: 29th overall (Kings original pick - bumped up from 30th overall due to Devils appeal to the punishment for the Kovalchuk cap circumvention) - Adrian Kempe
    2nd round: 50th overall (from Vey trade with Vancouver) - Roland McKeown
    2nd round: 60th overall (Kings original pick) - Alex Lintuniemi
    3rd round: 90th overall (Kings original pick) - Michael Amadio
    4th round: 120th overall (Kings original pick) - Steven Johnson
    5th round: 150th overall (Kings original pick) - Alec Dillon
    6th round: 157th overall (from Carolina for the Westgarth trade) - Jake Marchment
    6th round: 180th overall (Kings original pick) - Matt Mistele
    7th round: 209th overall (from New York Rangers for the Dan Carcillo trade) - Spencer Watson
    7th round: 210th overall (Kings original pick) - Jacob Middleton

    Ivan Barbashev
    Conner Bleackley
    Ryan Donato
    Robby Fabbri
    Warren Foegele
    Hunter Garlent
    Nikolay Goldobin
    Jayce Hawryluk
    Aaron Haydon
    Julius Honka
    Vladislav Kamenev
    Adrian Kempe
    Brendan Lemieux
    Brett Lernout
    Nick Magyar
    Brycen Martin
    Jared McCann
    Roland McKeown
    Sonny Milano
    Danny Moynihan
    Ivan Nikolishin
    Nelson Nogier
    John Quenneville
    Travis Sanheim
    Nikita Scherbak
    Blake Siebenaler
    Alexis Vanier
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    Congrats on the marriage! I'm looking forward to following this thread.
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    Robby Fabbri


    BIO
    DOB: 1/22/1996
    Height: 5'10
    Weight: 166 lbs
    Team: Guelph Storm
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 25th among North American skaters

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    At 5’11 and listed around 170, Fabbri said he wants to focus on consistency and showing that his size doesn’t matter as he approaches Draft Day.

    “I just want to be as consistent as possible,” Fabbri explained. “That would the biggest thing, along with showing that size isn’t going to be an issue. I want to show that I play bigger than I am and I’m strong defensively.”

    And how do you show you’re bigger than you are? “It’s compete level — expend a lot of energy and show that I can play hard in all parts of the ice, with or without the puck.”
    Hot play has Storm's Fabbri climbing the 2014 draft ranks - Hockey's Future

    Fabbri and Callahan are almost identical in stature at the same age. Both are capable of creating goals for others, but both are really shoot-first players. Both are generally undersized wingers whose key attributes are speed, skill and desire.

    But the biggest similarity is that both play the game with the same motor – the internal engine that keeps them playing the game, and making plays, at high speed.
    Robby Fabbri has OHL fans and NHL scouts excited

    My Take
    I've watched quite a few Guelph games, since they have Kings prospects Zac Leslie, Justin Auger, and more recently Nick Ebert. Having watched quite a few games, Fabbri is quite the energetic and highly skilled player who probably has the attention of many teams. I was surprised when I saw his height and weight, because he definitely plays bigger than indicated.

    In my viewings, he reminds me a lot of Mike Richards. He gets used in every situation and plays with an edge. He was suspended for ten games earlier this season for a hit to the head, which in the article above, Fabbri used the suspension as a learning experience to watch the game. His approach to the game in every situation is commendable, and long term, is a quality that makes him very coach-able.

    In my viewings, I disagree with the assessment that he's a shoot first player. Of course, he will take a shot if he sees it, but very frequently, he charges into the zone, pulls up, and looks for a pass.

    Long term, his size with his style of play could be an issue. However, a heavier weight could make him much more effective and improve his chances.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 5GP, 0g, 1a, 1pt, 4 PIM, -2
    OHL Regular: 58 GP, 45g, 42a, 87 pts, 55 PIM, +45
    OHL Playoffs: 16 GP, 13g, 15a, 28 pts, 12 PIM, +16
    Memorial Cup: 4 GP, 2g, 4a, 6 pts, 4 PIM, +2

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    Welcome to the club KP! Thanks again for the prospect updates..
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    Congrats man
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    The draft order + trades gives me a headache :(
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    Nikita Scherbak

    BIO
    DOB: 12/30/1995
    Height: 6'2
    Weight: 174 lbs
    Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
    Position: Right Wing
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 24th among North American skaters

    Articles
    "While we were in training camp and waiting for his papers to be finished so that he could join us on the ice, he sat in the players' box and rode a stationary bike while we practiced and played," Struch told NHL.com. "When he finally got his release, the coaching staff went to show him our systems and he showed us our systems. He picked up everything just from watching our practices and games."

    It might take time before Scherbak masters the English language, but he's been going to class and learning at an accelerated rate.

    "He's learning a lot more because he doesn't shut up now," Struch said.
    2014 Draft Profile: Nikita Scherbak - Calgary Flames - Future Watch

    “While not really a gritty player, he will get his nose dirty if necessary and shows a willingness to go to the dirty areas when called upon,” said Herasymiuk.

    Scherbak has been a fast climber on many draft lists, and although not listed within the first round of Future Considerations’ February ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft, there’s a very real possibility he finds himself on the inside, sometime soon.

    His incredible puck skills and vision have been on display for nearly six months and scouts are taking serious notice. He also carries with him a crisp passing ability and heavy shot to compliment his diverse and impressive offensive arsenal.
    Scherbak a quick study in North America - Future Considerations - Future Considerations

    My Take
    I have only a couple viewings, but when I have a game on featuring him, I can't help but be drawn to watch him. He is such an exciting player, who skates extremely well and has superb vision. During the Top Prospects game, he tipped the puck on the penalty kill and just turned on the jets for a shorthanded breakaway. He had a beautifull assist in a game I watched last night, where he passed through at least three bodies, tape-to-tape, and set up a powerplay goal. Offensively, he would be the most dynamic winger on the Kings since Palffy. He is a lot of fun to watch.

    He does tend to hold onto the puck too much and gets himself in trouble. Defensively, he gets back to the zone but usually waits at the point, either to cover the point or to make himself available for the breakout. At the next level, he's going to have to learn to commit deeper if need be.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Super Series: 1 GP, 0g, 1a, 1pt, 0 PIM, +1
    WHL Regular: 54 GP, 26g, 43a, 69 pts, 28 PIM, +5

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    I for one hope we have the 29th pick in the draft!
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    Congrats on getting married. And thanks for the draft preview.
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    I hope you wrote your hockey fandom into your vows. Some things are sacred. Seriously though, congrats on a new chapter of your life.

    Thank you for doing this thread. Been enjoying your insights for many years. It helps me be much more interested in all the build up towards the draft and makes draft day all the more exciting.
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