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»