Kings are having a SOLID draft so far.
Kings selections so far-
With the 52nd Selection Kings selected Oscar Moller, he captained the Swedish U18 team - impressive. rated #13 overall by RedLineReport...#19 overall by THN.
OSCAR MOLLER C/RW
Weight: 179 lbs.
From: Stockholm, SWE
Team: Chilliwack (WHL)
CSB: 20 NA
THN: 19 The TSN Insider's Forecast: The Swedish forward who loves to shoot the puck, but is also an adept playmaker, excelled on both sides of the ocean this season. He captained Sweden at the Under-18 tourney in April, but he was fifth in WHL rookie scoring (32 goals and 69 points in 68 games) with the expansion Chilliwack franchise. Moller is not overly big but plays hard in all situations. He teamed up well on a line with Mikael Backlund at the Under-18s. Moller is one of those players who wouldn't surprise anyone if he were taken between 20 and 30, but could slip a little to no later than the top of the second round.
From NHL Central Scouting: A playmaking forward with a good work ethic. Is a two-way player that competes every shift. Has good skating ability and vision. Anticipates the play well and handles the puck with ease. Needs to improve his ability to fight through checks and play in traffic.
From ISS: His size is a slight issue, but he works so hard that he makes up for it with tenacity and effort on every shift. His low centre of gravity actually assists him because he is difficult to move off the puck. He also has great leadership traits that should translate very well at the next level. This kid will do whatever it takes to win. His skating is just OK, however his hockey IQ and and ability to be in the right place at the right time are impressive to say the least.
Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2006-2007 Chilliwack (WHL) 68 32 37 69 50
2007 Playoffs Chilliwack (WHL) 5 0 3 3 6
With the 61st overall pick the Kings Select Wayne Simmonds
Simmonds started his rookie year in Owen Sound fighting for ice time on the fourth line. Only 17.
In the second half of the season he was moved up to the top two lines and that helped him finish sixth in team scoring with 23 goals and 26 assists along with 112 penalty minutes in 66 games. He added a goal and an assist in four playoff games.
"Once I started to do well, I started to think I could go to the next level," said Simmonds.
"I went from being a first liner in rookie in junior A to sitting on the bench for the first 20 games (in the OHL). When you get thrown out, you just have to hit everything you can and hopefully coach sees that you're trying your hardest and rewards you."
Simmonds isn't rated on the NHL's Central Scouting list, but he has talked to 11 teams and worked out for New Jersey following the NHL draft combines.
"I think in the second half of the season, everyone saw what he was capable of," said former Attack general manager Mike Futa, now the co-director of amateur scouting for the Los Angeles Kings.
"He brings a very unique blend of talent, skill and grit. He likes to drop the gloves. He'd be the first to admit that he's got to put on some weight."
In the third round with the 82nd overall the Kings selected C/RW Bryan Cameron.
Cameron was the captain of the Toronto Marlies Minor Midgets that won the OHL Cup last season. 13 players from that team were picked in the draft in May, including John Tavares, the first overall pick of the Oshawa Generals, and Patrick Daley, who suited up for the 67’s on Wednesday.
“I think when you’re the captain of the best team in the province a year ago at the (minor) midget level and you win a provincial championship at the level that that team played at all year long, that says a lot about Bryan Cameron,” said Burnett, who is in his second season as the coach and general manager of the Bulls.
With the 95th pick overall the Kings selected Defenseman Alec Martinez.
The 109th overall pick the Kings selected C/LW Dwight King.
With the 124th pick overall the Kings selected Goalie Linden Rowatt
Second ranked goalie from ISS
With the 139th pick, the Kings selected C Joshua Turnbull.
The 184th pick the King select Josh Kidd.
"Kidd is a throwback to the big, bruising defensemen of the past. And while he’s still slight of frame, there’s plenty of room to bulk up and complement his solid two-way play with a little extra power. In the end, you can’t teach size – and Kidd would be a welcome sight for many teams in keeping their creases clear."
The 188th pick the Kings select LW/ C Matt Fillier.
Central Scouting Report: A hard working forward… shows leadership and
has a steady positive influence on the play… has a physical presence on the ice
and is very dependable defensively… needs to improve his consistency around