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    Default 2018 NHL Entry Draft Primer

    Hey everybody!

    It's a bit of a slow spell right now on LGK, and I am hoping after the maze of **** I've navigated around the past few years, next year I am hoping to make this thread earlier in the season so it can be a season long discussion. But, it's pretty close to the off season where there's no hockey at all, so let's talk about the next big event: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft!

    When: Friday, June 22nd (First round); Saturday, June 23rd (rounds 2-7)

    Kings current picks (per CapFriendly - https://www.capfriendly.com/draft/2018):
    1st - 20th
    2nd - 51st
    3rd - 82nd
    4th - 113th
    5th - 144th
    6th - 165th + 175th
    7th - None

    Keep in mind this thread won't be as extensive as previous ones, mostly because I haven't made any videos in years, but again, I hope to remedy that in future threads.

    Here's an overview of Blake's first draft as a GM:
    7 total picks.

    Nationality:
    4 Canadian
    3 American

    Position:
    3 Forwards
    3 Defensemen
    1 Goaltender

    Height:
    2 players under 6'
    3 players between 6' and 6'1
    2 players over 6'1

    Shot/Catch:
    2 players shoot right
    4 players shoot left
    1 goalie catches left

    League:
    4 players from the OHL
    2 players from the USHL
    1 player from the WHL

    Obviously this is all a very small sample size. Below is Lombardi's draft history with the Kings, which doesn't deviate too much from the current sample:
    82 total picks.

    Nationality:
    42 Canadian
    21 American
    6 Russian
    5 Swedish
    3 Czech
    2 Finnish
    1 German
    1 Slovak
    (I realize this adds up to 81 instead of 82. I just noticed and will have to review again as I did this manually)

    Position:
    48 Forwards
    27 Defensemen
    7 Goaltenders

    Height:
    15 players under 6'
    37 players between 6' and 6'1
    30 players over 6'1

    Shot/Catch:
    34 players shoot right
    41 players shoot left
    7 goalies catches left

    League:
    27 players from the OHL
    15 player from the WHL
    11 players from Europe
    9 players from the NCAA
    8 players from the USHL
    8 from the QMJHL
    4 players from the lesser leagues (by lesser, I mean a tier below junior hockey; junior hockey consists of the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL)
    Also please note that nationality is different from the league the players are drafted. Oscar Moller is Swedish, for example, but he was drafted when he was playing with the Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)... so he was counted as being drafted out of the WHL instead of counting as a European.

    This draft history isn't to show a bias. However, it does suggest resource deployment, and their in depth knowledge of players may be stemmed from relationships (for example, Mike Futa was a GM of Owen Sound in the OHL, so he probably knows more people there than in the Czech Republic).

    With all this history and knowledge, as well as an idea of where some players are ranked, we can take a look at some potential targets, which will be mentioned in later posts.

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    Cosmetic Changes to this post for easier navigation of the thread:

    Rankings
    Free Rankings/Scouting Services
    Last Word On Sports (daily reports/rankings)
    http://lastwordonhockey.com/2018-nhl...-headquarters/

    Central Scounting
    North American Skaters
    North American Goalies
    International Skaters
    International Goalies

    International Scouting Services (top 31)
    https://www.isshockey.com/iss-top-31-june-2018/

    Future Considerations (Top 100)
    https://futureconsiderations.ca/top-rankings-2018/

    Hockey Prospect (Top 31)
    https://www.hockeyprospect.com/2018-nhl-draft-rankings/

    The Hockey News
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/ar...hese-go-to-120

    Craig Button
    https://www.tsn.ca/craig-s-list-svec...spot-1.1103996

    Paid Rankings and Scouting Services (from Post 63)
    Hockey Prospect's Black Book/Draft Guide
    The draft guide is $34.99 and is focused only on the 2018 NHL draft. The Black Book has the information from the draft guide, plus profiles and game reports, and is $49.99. I got the Black Book myself, it's 682 pages. There's a $5 coupon if you enter hfboards19 at checkout. https://www.hockeyprospect.com/produ...raft-products/

    Future Considerations 2018 Draft Guide
    I believe it amounts to about $20; https://futureconsiderations.ca/2018-nhl-draft-guide/

    McKeen's
    It is $14.99. I haven't purchased it yet myself, but I know a European scout who contributes to McKeen's, and we have some very similar opinions on prospect analysis. https://www.mckeenshockey.com/nhl-bl...uide-download/

    ISS
    International Scouting Services is one where I, personally, have never used them. Nothing against them, but I just stuck to the ones I knew and were more familiar with. You can get their draft guide for a donation (between $10-50); https://www.isshockey.com/shop/2018-nhl-draft-guide/

    Redline Report
    This is another one I have never used, and I'm not a fan of Kyle Woodlief; I think they are too harsh on their analyses of 18 year-olds. They are pretty bad with their marketing so you can't even order their book online, you have to call. But for the sake of being comprehensive, this is another independent service. Last I heard their book was $50, but don't quote me on it. I never called to check myself; http://www.redlinereport.com/

    The Athletic
    This is another service I have not used, but many people make reference it. I was also informed by Troy_Ice it includes extensive draft coverage. It may not be as detailed as other rankings, but it also has plenty of articles and information that extend beyond just the draft. You get a pretty nice discount your first year if you subscribe annually; https://theathletic.com/

    Player Profiles in this thread (in alphabetical order)
    Alexeev, Alexander
    Berggren, Jonatan
    Bokk, Dominik
    Boucher, Matthew
    Dellandrea, Ty
    Denisenko, Grigori
    Farabee, Joel
    Hallander, Filip
    Hayton, Barrett
    Kaut, Martin
    Kotkaniemi, Jesperi
    Kravtsov, Vitali
    Kupari, Rasmus
    McIsaac, Jared
    Merkley, Ryan
    Miller, K'Andre
    Noel, Serron
    O'Brien, Jay
    Olofsson, Jacob
    Shafilgullin, Bulat
    Smith, Ty
    Sutter, Riley
    Thomas, Akil
    Veleno, Joe
    Woo, Jett
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    Combine Results
    Heights and Weights
    Top 25 test results

    Mock Drafts
    My NHL Draft
    As of this writing has us taking Vitaly Kravtsov 20th and Kevin Bahl 51st

    Draftsite
    As of this writing has us taking Grigori Denisenko 20th, Jordan Harris 51st , Sampo Ranta 82nd, Jack Drury 113th, Daniel Kurovsky 144th, Jackson Leppard 165th, Angus Crookshank 175th.

    NBC Mock
    As of this writing has us taking Martin Kaut 20th
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    While doing your research, did you find out at what time, on the first day of the draft, does Doughty get traded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moog View Post
    While doing your research, did you find out at what time, on the first day of the draft, does Doughty get traded?
    Yes. He gets traded to Vegas for McNabb + 3rd

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    Here are some intriguing players that I see as possibilities for the Kings:

    Barrett Hayton - Average (6'1) sized, skilled, not flashy. He is teammates with Kings prospect Matthew Villalta for Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL.
    Bode Wilde - A right handed shot defensemen with skill and shutdown ability. Committed to University of Michigan
    Joel Farabee - Smaller (5'11), hard working, and skilled. He's one of the pure wingers who is very skilled out of the draft. Committed to Boston University
    Serron Noel - A large (6'5) winger who's more of a goal scorer. He plays in the OHL, and his biggest knock is his skating (a weakness the Kings have historically overlooked; Vilardi, Toffoli, Loktionov, etc)
    Ty Dellandrea - A two way forward with high end hockey IQ. Flint is a bit of a mess as far as an organization, but he was the second leading scorer on the team, only two points behind a 21 year-old.

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    There are of course some more players who may appear as a reach at 20th, but might/likely won't last to 51st overall, which begs the question if the Kings should try to move down and take some more picks, or try to move up from 51st?

    Alexander Alexeev - A larger two-way defender with a history of injuries. Plays in the WHL
    Jared McIsaac - A skilled two way defender out of the QMJHL
    Calen Addison - A smaller offensive defenseman from the WHL; shoots right
    Jett Woo - A rugged defenseman from the WHL; he's Kale Clague's teammate from Moose Jaw
    Jake Wise - A skilled, hard-working forward committed to Boston University

    I know they are mostly defensemen. This is a pretty defense heavy draft if you look at most of the rankings.

    I'll start writing some profiles soon, but these are *some* of the prospects I hope to write about. I plan to get more. But I wanted to give you an idea on some of the players potentially on the Kings' radar, see if anyone has any preferences, open up an opportunity for feedback, etc.
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    The Kings always draft blue chips so whomever they get, it's a lock that he will be an incredible NHL player!

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    I really want Dellandria. We can probably trade down a little to get him and add another pick.

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    There is some decent depth in this draft for scoring wingers in rounds other then 1. Lots of undersized speedy wings available. Five years ago these guys probably wouldn't have had a chance but in today's NHL speed is way more valued then size. You get both and they go in the first round. There needs to be some outside of the box thinking to stock pile prospects. I would be fine with a high end d-man in the first round but the Kings need to draft on the wings and continue to stockpile goaltenders to keep the pipeline full.

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