LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings made seven selections at the 2013 NHL Draft which was held today at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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The Kings selected forward Valentin Zykov in the second round (37th overall). Zykov, who is 18 years old, is a left wing out of St. Petersburg, Russia. The 5-11, 209-pounder played for Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) this past season. In 67 regular season games he recorded 75 points -- including 40 goals -- a plus-29 rating and 60 penalty minutes. His 40 goals and 75 points both ranked second on his club. In 19 postseason games he had 19 points (10-9=19), second most on the team, and 18 penalty minutes.
This season marked Zykov’s first in North America. He was selected as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year while being named to the All-Rookie Team. In 2011-12, Zykov played for CSKA in Russia’s junior league and he recorded 11 points (5-6=11) with 105 penalty minutes, second most on the team. He represented Russia at the 2011 World Junior ‘A’ Hockey Challenge and the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
The Kings acquired the 37th overall selection as part of a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for selections 57 (second round), 88 (third round) and 96 (fourth round, one of the Kings’ three fourth round draft selections to begin the day).
The Kings next selected in the fourth round, 103rd overall, and the club chose right wing Justin Auger. The 6-6, 224-pound Auger, who is 19 years old, played for Guelph (OHL) and recorded 33 points (16-17=33) and 39 penalty minutes in 35 games played this past season. In 2011-12, the Kitchener, Ontario, native played in 58 games with Guelph.
With the 118th (fourth round) overall selection, right wing Hudson Fasching was selected by the Kings. The 17-year-old native of Milwaukee played for the U.S. Under-18 program and had 27 points (10-17=27) and 39 PIM in 56 contests. In 2011-12, Fasching (6-2, 189) spent the bulk of his time with the Under-17 program. He is expected to play at the University of Minnesota in the fall.
With the 146th (fifth round) overall selection, goalie Patrik Bartosak was selected by the Kings. The 20-year-old native of Novy Jicin, Czech Republic, played for Red Deer (WHL) and appeared in 55 games and posted a 2.26 GAA, five shutouts, a .935 save percentage and a 33-14-5 record. The 6-1, 187-pounder also appeared in nine playoff games with Red Deer (this was his second year with the Rebels) and in five games for his country at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. His uncle, Radek Bonk, played 14 seasons in the NHL (Bonk was traded to the Kings in June of 2004 and was traded later that same day to Montreal).
With the 148th (fifth round) overall selection, center Jonny Brodzinski was selected by the Kings. A 20-year-old native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Brodzinski (6-0, 202) played as a freshman for St. Cloud State and had 33 points (22-11=33) and 10 penalty minutes in 42 games.
With the 178th (sixth round) overall selection, defenseman Zachary Leslie was selected by the Kings. The 19-year-old native of Ottawa has played for Guelph (OHL) for the past two seasons. This year he appeared in 68 games and had 40 points (12-28=40). The 6-0, 172 pounder also appeared in 65 games for Guelph in 2011-12. He has played in the playoffs each of the past two years.
The Kings’ final selection of the evening was 191st (seventh round) overall selection with the club choosing left wing Dominik Kubalik. The 17-year-old native of the Czech Republic played for Sudbury (OHL) and recorded 34 points (17-17=34) and 25 penalty minutes in 67 games played. The 6-1, 181-pounder in 2011-12 played for Plzen Jr., Plzen and Plzen U18.
The Kings traded their second seventh round selection (No. 208) to the New Jersey Devils for their seventh round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
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