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Great article by The Mayor on Zykov
Several things impress me about the way the Kings go about doing things today, that they never did in the past:
1. Come draft day they have a plan and have worked out several alternate scenarios. On draft day they make deals to get their guy. Dean has assembled a great staff and when they say he has to do something to get a certain player, he makes it happen.
2. Scouting is not just done to assess talent, but to assess a kid's character and his willingness to work to get to the NHL. Kudos to Mark Futa and everyone scouting for the Kings.Since taking over as General Manager of the Kings in 2006, Dean Lombardi has engineered over 20 trades on NHL Draft weekend. In addition to selecting dozens of new prospects over that seven year span, he's made at least one trade there each year. He's traded up, traded down, and even done three-way deals. But he had never swapped three 'assets' for one - until this year, that is
3. The development system has to be top three in the NHL at this point. Kudos to Nelson Emerson who has been running it for a while, Mike Donnelly (who has since left), Mike O'Connell, Kim Dillabaugh, Glen Murray, and Bill Ranford.He didn't let up either. From the Draft, to Development Camp in LA and on through the summer, Zykov has remained focused and committed.
"Some of these kids, you wonder if after they get drafted, they just take a deep breath and stop working," Futa remarked. "This kid was pumped up. He moved to Los Angeles and took his work ethic to another degree the entire summer. He had a great training camp, too, before going back to junior."
I hope all of the guys working for Dean have been paying close attention to the level of detail that goes into making all of this happen. Kings' fans finally have the kind of management team they deserve. I hope AEG stays in it for the long haul and that the Kings and Staples Center make AEG a ton of money.Right from the start, something was different about Zykov.
"He asked a lot of questions about the LA Kings players," Emerson noted. "He wanted to know about Kopitar and he wanted to know about Carter. He saw Stoll working out [at TSC] all the time and he asked a lot of questions about these guys. He was trying to get as much information as he could, not only about the Kings and what we do, but also about each individual player, which is very educational for him."