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2014 First Round Draft Pick Adrian Kempe Fits LA Kings Like A Glove

LA Kings 2014 first round draft pick Adrian Kempe (center), shown here with Kings Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Mike Futa (left) and Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti (right)
during the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on June 27, 2014.

 

LOS ANGELES — If there was ever a first round pick in the National Hockey League draft that fit a team like the proverbial glove, forward Adrian Kempe is that player.

Kempe, 17, was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, which began on June 27.

The 2014 NHL Draft will conclude on June 28, with Rounds 2-7, beginning at 7:00 AM PDT (televised on the NHL Network).

But before the 29th pick came around, the Kings tried to trade up in the first round. Later, as prospects continued to come off the board, they also tried to trade down.

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Los Angeles Kings 2014 NHL Draft Preview

LOS ANGELES — Whether it is defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts (Ontario Hockey League), center Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice (Western Hockey League), or center Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) who winds up as the first overall selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, unless some way-out-of-left-field trade happens, the Los Angeles Kings will not be adding that player to the fold, or any of the top prospects, for that matter.

Indeed, that is the price of success. After winning the Stanley Cup on June 13, the Kings move all the way down to 29th in the first round of the thirty-team draft. The only reason they did not move to 30th is because of the sanctions handed down to the New Jersey Devils for salary cap circumvention when they signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk—the Devils will pick last in the first round instead of 11th.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Andy Andreoff Didn’t Let New Year’s Eve Incident Derail His Season, Or His Development

DEVELOPMENT CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Development Camp with a story on 2011 third round draft pick Andy Andreoff, a left wing prospect who recently took the time to speak exclusively with Frozen Royalty.


LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — When left wing Andy Andreoff was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, they saw a player who possessed some surprising offensive skills for a rugged, gritty physical forward with a mean streak.

Indeed, the 6-1, 201 pound native of Pickering, Ontario is built a bit like the proverbial fireplug, but it was that combination of attributes that caught the eyes of Kings scouts when he was with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

Frozen Royalty recently caught up with Andreoff for an exclusive interview to talk about his development and his first full season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) this past season.

Andreoff, 22, ended the 2012-13 regular season scoring 13 goals and adding 13 assists for 26 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating, and a team-leading 111 penalty minutes in 69 games. In the playoffs, he recorded three assists with a +2 rating in four games.

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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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