Last edited by VegasHockey; June 27th, 2014 at 07:17 PM.
In Dean we trust
That kid doesn't turn 18 until September.
I doubt he's done growing.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
Hey look, a LW!
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While it seems like most of you are allergic to the "like" button, I just want to personally say thanks for looking anyway.
I had my fingers crossed for Brendan Lemieux but it's nice to welcome a young Euro to the team.
Frikkin' NBCSN cut away from the Draft program 1 pick before the Kings.
Sorry for the OT, but I just needed to vent.
Adrian Kempe: Prospect Profile for Los Angeles Kings' 1st-Round Pick | Bleacher Report
Kempe is a player with decent size for his age, but his biggest asset is his speed. He uses this speed to motor up and down the ice, which comes in handy when trying to pressure opponents and battle for pucks.
In The Hockey News' print edition of its draft preview, a scout raved that Kempe "skates a million miles an hour and has some skill."
Playing in the bottom six this past season made Kempe learn the defensive side of the game, and that is something that will be an asset when he makes the jump to the NHL level.
I wanted a 2nd Gen player like Lemieux or Macinnis, but the up side on Kempe is that he's big and the youngest to qualify for the draft.
I have seen probably 90% of Central Scouting's list (that's 200 something deep on NA side, and 140 on Euro side), all Canadian Major Junior teams, and all prominent to semi-prominent European draft eligibles, and a slew of others.
From my first few viewings of him in my personal notes for the draft:
Later posts I've made over the year:In short: Physical tools (size, skating), decent skill level and heavy shot, above-average hockey IQ, and very good compete level. File it somewhere under "hard to play against".
Gets open as well as adept at finding an open man. Decent size that he knows how to use. Throws the body. Responsible in D-zone, helps defense out and presents an outlet if D is under pressure. Very good wheels, especially for a guy that's listed at 6'2 - both mobility, straight line speed as well as acceleration. Does not shy away from dirty areas at all, be it traffic or boardwork, in fact actively drives the net quite often. Heavy shot and decent hands. Even if offensive upside - while decent - might not scream top 10 pick by itself, I think he has such a pro tool-set that he might end up going higher than projected. At this point, you're looking at a guy that can slide up and down your line-up and contribute on any line in numerous ways. I'd take this guy on my team any day of the week.
Kempe is a solid LW, that would fit the Kings identity like a glove. Don't know if he makes it to the Kings pick, but he's only ranked 27th in the McKenzie rankings, I personally believe he will be gone earlier though.In short: Physical tools (size, skating), decent skill level and heavy shot, above-average hockey IQ, and very good compete level. File it somewhere under "hard to play against".
Gets open as well as adept at finding an open man. Decent size that he knows how to use. Responsible in D-zone, helps defense out and presents an outlet if D is under pressure. Very good wheels, especially for a guy that's listed at 6'2 - both mobility, straight line speed as well as acceleration. Does not shy away from dirty areas at all, be it traffic or boardwork, in fact actively drives the net quite often. Heavy shot and decent hands. Even if offensive upside - while decent - might not scream top 10 pick by itself, I think he has such a pro tool-set that he might end up going higher than projected. At this point, you're looking at a guy that can slide up and down your line-up and contribute on any line in numerous ways.This guy should have more hype. "plus" player in any situation, you can just throw him out there sit back and relaxAnd my final ranking:I like Kempe precisely because he doesn't have any big-time apparent flaws. The biggest flaw I can think of is his ultimate offensive upside, you probably don't want to spend a 1st round pick on a guy who might top out as a third liner. Also despite playing with men right now, Swedish league and big ice is still not as physically demanding as the NHL. Some of the things that he relies on and appear as strengths at the moment, might end up being just average at the NHL level, because his game is quite contingent on physical tools that could present a challenge once the physical game gets bumped up a notch at the NHL level.
My biggest concern for Kempe all in all is his ultimate upside, but I would love the pick if my team selected him, I think he is going to carve out some role and excel at it, even if it isn't in the top 6, it's still going to be a player that contributes positively. He will still need to develop of course, and if you really want me to take a look at the worst case scenario - it's the one where his progression stalls and he doesn't stand out in any way at the next level all things considered, but now we're really getting into putting someone under a negative microscope. I mean, he's just a prospect, it's certainly possible. But I like him a lot as a player, and I don't think that's going end up happening.
Obviously you don't want to raise someone's expectations up beyond what's reasonable, but I think he's a solid Kings identity "keep the machine rolling" type of pick. People will be surprised at how much he enjoys finishing checks on the forecheck.10. Adrian Kempe
With MODO Nylander was the main guy to watch, though I routinely walked away more impressed with Kempe as long as both were playing against men (Nylander did have an excellent U18). Kempe's stride with the puck and transition game is eerily reminiscent to Kopitar's, though he does not posses that kind of upside. Kempe not only takes hits to make plays, he actively dishes them out and loves the physicality of the game often finishing hard on his forecheck. Possesses an underrated shot and is a good distributor of the puck. Adept at boardwork and can protect the puck. Underrated in transition and his ability to move the play forward. Great player to add to your team, legitimate concern that he might not have the upside beyond a 3rd liner, however I would be willing to roll the dice with this type of player.
Last edited by nki; June 27th, 2014 at 07:30 PM.
Good pick. Very surprised the Kings took a European/Swedish player. Lombardi has never drafted a European in the first. The only Swedish players picked by the Kings prior to Kempe:
Michael Schumacher (7th round, 2011)
Oscar Moller (2nd round, 2007)
Niclas Andersen (4th round, 2006)
Last edited by King'sPawn; June 28th, 2014 at 06:55 AM.