Manor LA Kings Select Hampton Slukynsky No. 118 – What You Need to Know

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The Los Angeles Kings have selected Hampton Slukynsky at No 118 overall in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Details to Follow.

KEY NUMBERS AND NOTES



Vitals
Date of Birth: July 2, 2005
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 179 lbs
Catches: Left
Team: Warroad High
League: US High School
Position: Goalie

Statistics for 2022-23 Season
US High School: 30 GP, 28-1-1, 1.47 GAA, .941 SV%

Awards for 2022-23 Season
None

SCOUTING REPORTS



From Elite Prospects:

He plays with a lot of enthusiasm, and has a fairly aggressive style to match. You will normally see him set up with his heels well outside of the crease on rush chances. He catches many shooters by surprise with just how explosive he is laterally. His flexibility also comes into play, taking away the lower portion of the net with ease while sliding across.

From Draft Prospects Hockey:

Hybrid, butterfly style goaltender. Stays tight in the butterfly, stick in front and pads flushed together tight. Tremendously agile and flexible covering the low portion of the net. Rebound control will have to improve, gives up too many extra opportunities with inability to control some easy rebounds. Recovers quickly to make second and third saves in tight. Active playing the puck. Moves the puck up quickly to try and catch opponents on a line change and create odd man rushes. Incredible at reading and anticipating the play. Exceptional awareness around his crease area knowing when to challenge the shooter. Able to locate pucks through heavy traffic and extremely focused. Plays with terrific poise, calm demeanor, and confidence.

From McKeen’s:

One of the top netminders in the U.S. high school loop, Slukynsky also happened to play for one of the best teams in Warroad High. He didn’t see a ton of rubber, but his composure and maturity stood out. He has a penchant for the highlight reel save because of his play reading ability and because he never quits on a save, always competing for sight lines and to push to make those second/third chance saves. A classic butterfly netminder, Slukynsky does have a tendency to scramble in his crease and can be taken out of position. He will need to improve his rebound control to limit those second/third chance opportunities. For a “smaller” netminder, he could also stand to improve his quickness post to post, as sometimes he doesn’t get enough power on his pushes to cover his angles completely, or quick enough. Next season he will play in the USHL with Fargo before heading to Northern Michigan the following year. NHL teams may wait to see how he plays in the USHL before opting to use a draft selection on him. However, NHL teams may also be incredibly impressed with his mind and maturity in the crease and be eager to work with him to improve other areas.

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