Mark Yannetti, Director of Amateur Scouting for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, was very pleased with the way the NHL Draft worked out for his team last weekend in Philadelphia.

When Yannetti was hired seven years ago the Kings were a last place team and things were in disarray. Since then he has helped build a strong franchise that won the Stanley Cup two of the last three years. The scouting staff looks for players with a compete attitude, and that philosophy has paid off.

They drafted 29th in the first round and selected Swedish power forward Adrian Kempe. They traded Linden Vey to the Vancouver Canucks to move up to 50th, where they landed defenseman Roland McKeown, somebody they had on their radar. In all, the Kings made 10 selections, the most by any Cup champion since the Chicago Blackhawks drafted the same number of players in 2010.


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