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One-On-One With LA Kings Mark Yanetti On 1st Round PIck Gabriel Vilardi

2017 NHL DRAFT COVERAGE: In addition to bringing you some comments from Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Michael Futa and their first round pick, center Gabriel Vilardi, Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti did a one-on-one interview with Frozen Royalty late Saturday. In this story, he added his voice to those talking about Vilardi and what the Kings tried to do to make sure they got him.


LOS ANGELES — With the 2017 National Hockey League Draft now complete, teams were able to take the wraps off much of what their plans were for this year’s draft and comment on things that they almost never discuss prior to each draft.

Indeed, amateur scouts and general managers for NHL teams are very hush-hush before each year’s draft, wary of giving the other thirty teams any idea of what young prospects they covet, and the Los Angeles Kings are no exception to that unwritten rule. But after rounds 2-7 on June 24, assistant general manager Michael Futa and Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti spoke with the media via conference calls.

Yanetti also spoke with Frozen Royalty in a separate, one-on-one interview.

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LA Kings’ Top Prospect Adrian Kempe Is Struggling To Improve

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe is struggling in the first two months of the 2016-17 season with
the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography


ONTARIO, CA — Looking back at the Los Angeles Kings 2016 Training Camp, highly touted forward prospect Adrian Kempe showed off the speed and raw skill that has the Kings so high on him, not to mention fans clamoring for him to be called up to the big club.

Kempe, 20, was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft. He was a big factor in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs with the Manchester Monarchs, then a part of the American Hockey League, scoring eight goals and adding one assist for nine points in 17 playoff games, helping lead the Monarchs to the Calder Cup Championship.

The 6-2, 202-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden, played his first full season in North America with the AHL’s Ontario Reign last year, scoring 11 goals and adding 17 assists for 28 points, with a -1 plus/minus rating in 55 regular season games.

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Simplicity Is Key For LA Kings Defenseman Prospect Derek Forbort

LA Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a deep one, with a vast majority of the first round picks making to the NHL to stay.

But the same cannot be said for the 15th overall pick in that draft, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort, who played 14 games with the Kings last season, but was a healthy scratch more often that not.

Back in June 2010, with the draft held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi referred to Forbort as a “project.”

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LA Kings LW Prospect Adrian Kempe “Has Some Juice To His Game”

LA Kings left wing prospect Adrian Kempe, shown here during a game
with the Ontario Reign of the AHL.
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One of the Los Angeles Kings forward prospects who draws a lot of attention because his of skill, speed and offensive flair is left wing Adrian Kempe, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft.

Kempe crossed the Atlantic Ocean to join the American Hockey League version of the Manchester Monarchs for their playoff run, helping lead the Monarchs to the 2015 Calder Cup Championship.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Joel Lowry’s Hands Need To Catch Up To His Mind

Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Joel Lowry (foreground), shown here during the team’s 2016 Rookie Camp on Septmber 16, 2016 at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2015-16 season was a bit of a mixed bag for Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Joel Lowry, who began the season on the shelf after aggravating a back injury he suffered during his senior season at Cornell University that required surgery.

“I tried to come back a little too soon and I had a setback,” said the 24-year-old, 6-2, 185-pound native of Calgary, Alberta. “I had a fragment in the spinal cord that caused the same symptoms as before the surgery, so I just had a lot of rehab to do, and it took a little longer than I expected.”

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