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2013 Late-Round LA Kings Draft Pick Defenseman Zac Leslie Did His Best To Get Noticed

Defenseman prospect Zac Leslie, was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Traditionally, players who are selected by National Hockey League teams in the later rounds of the annual draft are overlooked until they move up a team’s depth chart significantly, and defenseman Zachary (Zac) Leslie, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, is no exception.

Indeed, there was no media coverage when he was announced as the Kings’ sixth round pick. No television, radio, web or print interviews. But fast forward a few weeks, and like so many of the other Kings prospects, the 6-1, 172-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario jumped at the chance to get noticed at the team’s annual Development Camp in July.

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2013 NHL Draft: LA Kings Net Seven Prospects, Maybe Even A Couple Of Gems

LOS ANGELES — Despite not having a selection in the first round of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, held on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Los Angeles Kings appear to have made the most of their ten picks in this year’s draft, adding seven new prospects to their system.

The Kings watched the cream of the 2013 prospect crop skate past them in the first round as a result of the acquisition of forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick in the 2012 or 2013 NHL Draft, on February 23, 2012. At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets opted for the Kings’ 2013 first round pick, leaving the Kings on the sidelines until the second round.

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Doughty One Tiny Step Closer To The NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 11, the Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman prospect Drew Doughty to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 18-year-old defenseman was selected by the Kings in the first round (second overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft on June 21, 2008.

The 6-0, 219-pound native of London, Ontario played for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League last season and was ranked first or second among draft eligible skaters by the various publications and scouting services.

For more information on Doughty: 2008 NHL Draft: Lombardi’s Plan Comes Together.


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Doughty Optimistic, But Not Naive

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If there is anything that Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Drew Doughty needs to work on, confidence and optimism are not on the list.

Indeed, the Kings’ first round pick (second overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft this past June was a standout at the Kings’ 2008 Development Camp earlier this month where he joined many other young prospects, all dreaming of one day making it to the bright lights of the NHL. Read more of this post

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