Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Deep and talented group of wingers
  • Quality goaltending prospects
  • Defense mixes grit and skill
Weaknesses
  • Center position lacks depth and upside

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrik Bartosak CHL 6.5 D
2. Alec Dillon Junior 6.5 D
3. Jean-Francois Berube Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Valentin Zykov CHL 7.5 C
2. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
3. Michael Mersch Pro 6.5 C
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Brian O'Neill Pro 6.5 D
6. Justin Auger CHL 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tanner Pearson Pro 7.0 B
2. Nikolai Prokhorkin Europe 7.0 C
3. Matt Mistele CHL 6.5 D
4. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 C
5. Dominik Kubalik CHL 6.0 C
6. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 6.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adrian Kempe Europe 7.0 C
2. Jordan Weal Pro 6.5 C
3. Nick Shore Pro 6.5 C
4. Nic Dowd Pro 6.5 C
5. Andy Andreoff Pro 6.0 B
6. Michael Amadio CHL 6.0 C
7. Jake Marchment CHL 6.0 C
8. Andrew Crescenzi Pro 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brayden McNabb Pro 7.5 B
2. Roland McKeown CHL 7.5 D
3. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
4. Nick Ebert CHL 7.0 D
5. Zachary Leslie CHL 7.0 D
6. Alex Lintuniemi CHL 7.0 D
7. Colin Miller Pro 6.5 C
8. Paul LaDue NCAA 6.5 D
9. Jacob Middleton CHL 6.5 D
10. Steven Johnson Junior 6.5 D
11. Alex Roach CHL 6.0 D
12. Kurtis MacDermid CHL 5.0 C

Kings purposefully quiet during Free Agent Period

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings have signed a grand total of zero free agents this off-season. This is the most quiet free agent season the Kings have had in a long time, and that is not all bad.

The Kings have elected to go the route of building their team with a strong system and a wise trading strategy. This approach has worked in cities like New Jersey and there is no reason to think it won’t work in L.A. As long as the Kings spend the money to keep their core players who are invaluable to their team, as they did with Jason Allison, then the next step is bringing along prospect talent. They appear to be doing just that.

With that approach in mind, signing the Bill Guerins of the world ruins the strategy. The King would basically be driving up the price of their own market – paying Guerin or overpaying Boucher would make the re-signing of Palffy, Miller and the like more expensive. Again, dedicating themselves to this philosophy works if they keep their key players in the fold, or receive better compensation via a trade. That is how championships are built.

As for not re-signing veterans who are fringe players, this is a compliment to the re-built system. Phillippe Boucher would have been great to re-sign, but with prospects like Andreas Lilja and Joe Corvo, it’s not money well spent. The formula holds true- Boucher leaves and Corvo is signed. That is the benefit of having prospects, and that extra money can pay other necessary players. Kelly Buchberger was a great member of the Kings, but one that the Kings have prospects like Adam Mair and Kip Br Read more»

Kings 2002 Draft Review

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The Los Angeles Kings 2002 draft has received positive reviews by NHL draft pundits. It is a draft unlike any in recent memory for the Kings in that skill seemed to be the priority rather than size, and they picked the best player available with every pick rather than fill glaring holes in the system.

The Los Angeles Kings kicked off the 2002 draft by grabbing a pair of Russians, defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (Round 1, #18) and left wing Sergei Anshakov (Round 2, #50). Grebeshkov is a highly regarded offensive defenseman. He has average size (6’1, 193 pounds) and is an excellent skater who likes to move the puck up the ice. While he projects as a power play quarterback, he is defensively responsible and is a smart player. He has been tagged by some with the “soft” label, but Kings Director of Amateur Scouting, Al Murray, calls Grebeshkov a “physical player”. Denis will likely stay in Russia for two more years before coming to America to play for the Kings. The Kings said they were looking for the best player available, and the Hockey News ranked Grebeshkov #18. Left-winger Sergei Anshakov was the Kings second round pick. Anshakov is a rangy 6’2, 183 pound scorer with virtually no physical game, but is regarded as a tireless worker. The Kings like his potential and most draft experts agree that Anshakov is a player whose best hockey is ahead of him. He was ranked 18th by the Red Line Report.

The Kings third pick was right-wing Peter Kanko. Kanko is only 5’10, but weighs a solid 195 pounds and is another superb skater. The 18 year-old Read more»

LA Kings 2002 Draft Results- List

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(1st round/18th overall) 6-1, 193-pound Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov from Yaroslavl, Russia

(2nd round/50th overall) 6-2, 183-pound Left winger Sergei Anshakov from Moscow, Russia

(3rd round/66th overall) 5-10, 195-pound Right Winger Petr Kanko of Prilbra, Czech Republic.

(4th round, 104th overall) 6-1, 203-pound Defenseman Aaron Rome from Brandon, Manitoba.

(4th round, 115th overall) 6-1, 185-pound left winger Mark Rooneem from Kamloops (WHL)

(5th round, 152nd overall) 6-0, 190-pound right winger Greg Hogeboom from the University of Miami-Ohio (CCHA)

(5th round, 157th overall) 6-3, 200-pound defenseman Joel Andresen from St. Albert (AJHL)

(6th round, 185th overall) 5-11, 185-pound right winger Ryan Murphy from Boston College (Hockey E.)

(7th round, 215th overall) 6-1, 185-pound defenseman Mikhael Lyubushin from the Soviet Wings (Russia Elite)

(8th round, 248th overall) 5-11, 176-pound center/winger Tuukka Pulliainen from Tuto (Finnish League)

(9th round, 279th overall) 5-10, 165-pound forward Connor James from the University of Denver (CCHA)

A draft review will be posted this week.

LA Kings 2002 Draft Preview

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings will pick at #18 in the first round of
the 2002 draft with a much more relaxed outlook. The Kings still need to
beef up their system, but unlike in years’ past they have a solid base on which
to add.

The 2002 Draft is deep, but only in the sense that after a
certain number of picks, the talent level of the prospective draft picks is very
similar. Look for teams to take a player who may not be the best
player left when they pick, but rather the player that best fits their
organization at that pick. Count the Kings among those teams.

If this was the NFL draft, the Kings would likely trade out
of 18 for a late first rounder and an additional second round pick. With
so many teams in a similar situation, that scenario is not likely to
happen. So assuming the Kings stay at 18, what will they do?

Nearly every mock draft and draft preview have the Kings
taking a defenseman at 18. Don’t bet on it. The Kings could use some
young defenseman in their system, but unless someone like Anton Babchuk or Steve
Eminger become available at 18, which in extremely unlikely, the Kings are
likely to pass and still get a quality defenseman in rounds 2 or 3.
Same could be said for another need the Kings have, goaltender. Look for
them to grab a goalie in round 2, a defenseman in round 3 (or visa-versa) and
grab the best players available after that.

That leaves forward as the most likely scenario in round
one. With Frolov, Aulin, Lehoux and Cammalleri the Kings have legitimate
scoring prospe Read more»

Kings Sign Aulin

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The Los Angeles Kings took a significant step Saturday, securing Jared Aulin with a three year contract.

The means the Kings managed to sign their two prospects who would have been eligible to re-enter the draft (Jared Aulin and Yannick Lehoux).

The Kings did lose the rights to prospects Jay Kopischke and Craig Olynick. Neither was considered a NHL level prospect.

The Kings can now move their focus to their college senior players, Matt Yeats and Jason Crain, and Russian sensation Alexander Frolov.

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