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:
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