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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
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League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jean-Francois Berube Pro 6.5 D
2. Patrik Bartosak Pro 6.5 D
3. Alec Dillon Junior 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Adrian Kempe Pro 7.5 B
2. Valentin Zykov CHL 7.5 C
3. Michael Mersch Pro 7.0 D
4. Jonny Brodzinski NCAA 7.0 D
5. Spencer Watson CHL 7.0 D
6. Justin Auger Pro 6.5 D
7. Scott Sabourin Pro 6.0 C
8. Matt Schmalz CHL 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Austin Wagner CHL 7.0 D
2. Matt Mistele CHL 6.5 D
3. Maxim Kitsyn Pro 6.0 D
4. Joel Lowry NCAA 6.0 F


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


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Derek Forbort Pro 7.0 D
2. Paul LaDue NCAA 7.0 D
3. Zachary Leslie CHL 7.0 D
4. Alex Lintuniemi CHL 7.0 D
5. Erik Cernak Europe 6.5 B
6. Kevin Gravel Pro 6.5 C
7. Nick Ebert Pro 6.5 D
8. Jacob Middleton CHL 6.5 D
9. Steven Johnson NCAA 6.5 D
10. Chaz Reddekopp CHL 6.5 D
11. Kurtis MacDermid Pro 6.0 D
12. Matthew Roy NCAA 5.5 C
13. Alex Roach Pro 5.5 D

Kings 2002 Draft Review

by Tony Calfo

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

by Tony Calfo

(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

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

by Tony Calfo

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.

Rite of Spring for Kings

by Tony Calfo

Jared Aulin is supposed to be the jewel of the Rob Blake trade.

Jared Aulin is one of the keys to a re-born King farm system.

Jared Aulin is unsigned with three days left to sign him or lose his rights.

Jared Aulin is the latest to fall victim to the Kings’ take-it-or-leave-it negotiating style. Ironically, this was the style that lead to his arrival as Rob Blake chose the “leave-it” option that lead to his trade to Colorado. Luc Robitaille could tell you a little bit about it. Justin Papineau knows it well himself. Will Jared Aulin join this group Friday night? For the Kings’ sake I certainly hope not.

Let me first say that Rob Blake is one of my favorite players and I hated to see him go. I wholeheartedly feel the Kings were to blame for his departure. With that being said, Dave Taylor did a masterful job getting the most value possible. Deadmarsh and Miller are keys to the Kings future and Jared Aulin has wowed everyone who has seen him play. The Kings also have a first round pick next year to add to their windfall from that trade. They did however give up a player who may be the best at his position in the NHL and an up-and-comer in Steven Reinprecht who hurt the Kings badly in this season’s playoffs. The reason I can watch Blake and Reinprecht head to potentially another Stanley Cup is because the Kings received so much compensation, both for the present and the future. A move that makes Kings’ fans able to see another playoff failure, but know that better times are ahead. They spent the money to secure Jason Allison and are making s Read more»

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