LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Michael Futa and Mark Yannetti Co-Directors of Amateur Scouting, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Futa comes to the Kings after five successful seasons as General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2005. The Attack advanced to the post-season in each of the last four seasons with Futa at the helm, and high profile players like Kings prospect Trevor Lewis (17th overall, 2006 NHL Entry Draft) played for Owen Sound during Futa’s tenure there. Futa has also served as Director of Team Ontario’s Under-17 program for the past three seasons, and his Under-17 team won the gold medal at the Canada Games this past season.
Prior to his time with the Attack, Futa served as both an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for two seasons (1999-01). The native of Toronto also served first as an Assistant Coach and then as a Head Coach of Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (OHL) from 1997-00. Prior to that, he served as Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Michael’s Buzzers (Provincial Junior “A”).
Before turning to the coaching ranks, Futa played four seasons of professional hockey in Europe (two seasons in Germany and two seasons in Denmark). The former left wing also captained his team at York University, where he was also honored as the student who best combined academics and athletics at the school during his senior season.
Yannetti served as a Pro Scout for the Kings this past season, his first with the franchise. Before coming to the Kings, the native of Boxford, Massachusetts, served as an Amateur Scout with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In that role, he monitored prospects in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as well as Hockey East (HE), the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the U.S. National Development Team (USNTDP). The former defenseman also monitored U.S. High Schools and Tier 2 Hockey and, to a lesser degree, the OHL and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Yannetti worked as an Amateur Scout with the Maple Leafs starting in 2004. Before that he worked as a Pro Scout for the franchise from 2000-04, focusing his attention on both the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL). In that role, Yannetti was primarily responsible for the Eastern Conference in both leagues while also having responsibilities in the Western Conference and the ECHL.
Yannetti worked as an Advance Scout for the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 1999-04, where he was solely responsible for the pre-scouting of potential Toronto playoff opponents. His scouting included systems breakdown and analysis, and assessment of player tendencies. In addition, he also assisted the Toronto coaching staff in the development of strategies to exploit opposing player and team weaknesses.
Yannetti became a Scout after six seasons of professional hockey, and he turned pro after earning Second Team All-America honors from the American Hockey Coaches Association following a standout senior season at Williams College in 1993-94. Yannetti played three seasons with the Ephs after beginning his collegiate career at Brown University in 1990-91.