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Kings Draft Nine, Make Four Trades

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
After selecting Brayden Schenn on Friday, the Kings were busy on Day Two of the NHL Draft, selecting nine and making four trades.

MONTREAL – Left wing Kyle Clifford was the first of nine players selected by the Los Angeles Kings (second-round, 35th overall) in today’s second and final day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Kings also acquired a third round pick in the 2010 draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for center Brian Boyle.

Clifford, 18, recorded 28 points (16-12=28) and 133 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts in 2008-09. His 133 penalty minutes was third on the team and ranked 19th in the OHL. In five playoff games, he recorded zero points and 13 penalty minutes. In 2007-08, the native of Ayr, Ontario recorded 15 points (1-14=15) and 83 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games and one point (0-1=1) and four penalty minutes in nine postseason games for Barrie. Internationally, Clifford represented Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships.

In the third round, the Kings traded the 74th overall pick to Calgary for the 84th and 107th overall selections. With the 84th pick in the third round the Kings selected defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers (6-0, 198 pounds). The 18-year-old native of LaSalle, Quebec recorded 30 points (11-19=30) and 80 penalty minutes in 68 games for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2008-09. His 30 points and plus-three rating both ranked second among team defensemen. In 2007-08, Deslauriers recorded nine points (2-7=9) and 38 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games and zero points and zero penalty minutes in four postseason games for Rouyn-Noranda.

In the fourth round, the Kings selected goaltender Jean-Francois Berube (6-1, 155 pounds) as the 95th overall selection. This pick was acquired from Atlanta for the 117th, 120th and 203rd overall picks. The 17-year-old native of Repentigny, Quebec was 6-7-2 with a 2.66 goals-against average, 907 save percentage and one shutout in 20 appearances for the QMJHL’s Montreal Juniors in 2008-09.

Also in the fourth round the Kings selected right wing Linden Vey (5-11, 176 pounds) as the 96th overall selection. The 17-year-old native of Wakaw, Saskatchewan recorded 72 points (24-48=72) and 20 penalty minutes in 71 regular season games for the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers in 2008-09. His 72 points was second on Medicine Hat, while his 24 power-play assists led the team. In 11 postseason games, he recorded seven points (2-5=7) and two penalty minutes. In 2007-08, Vey recorded 17 points (8-9=17) and 21 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games and one point (0-1=1) and two penalty minutes in five playoff games for Barrie. Vey began his WHL tenure with Medicine Hat in 2006-07, recording zero points and two penalty minutes in two regular season games. Internationally, Vey represented Team Canada at the 2008 World Under-17 Challenge.

In the fifth round the Kings selected defenseman David Kolomatis (5-11, 189 pounds) as the 126th overall selection. The 20-year-old native of Livingston, N.J. recorded 46 points (18-28=46) and 52 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in 2008-09. His 46 points led Owen Sound defensemen and ranked 12th among OHL blue-liners. In four playoff games for Owen Sound he recorded four points (2-2=4) and zero penalty minutes. After Owen Sound was eliminated from the playoffs Kolomatis joined the AHL’s Providence Bruins. He posted zero points and zero penalty minutes in four regular season games and one point (0-1=1) and two penalty minutes in 16 playoff games with Providence. Kolomatis also played with Owen Sound in 2006-07 and 2007-08, recording 20 points (4-16=20) and 45 points (9-36=45) respectively. His 45 points in 2007-08 led Owen Sound defensemen and was 16th in the league among blue-liners. Internationally, Kolomatis represented Team USA on the 2005-06 Under-18 National Team.

In the sixth round the Kings selected forward Michael Pelech (6-3, 206 pounds) as the 156th overall selection. The 19-year-old native of Toronto recorded 65 points (19-46=65) and 121 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games for the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in 2008-09. His 65 points led Mississauga, while his 121 penalty minutes were second on the team. In 11 playoff games Pelech co-led Mississauga with 13 points (4-9=13). Pelech also played with the Majors in 2006-07 and 2007-08 recording 47 points (12-35=47) and 49 points (17-32=49) respectively. He began his OHL tenure in 2005-06 with Kitchener, recording nine points (3-6=9) and 32 penalty minutes in 48 games.

Local product Brandon Kozun (5-8, 162) was selected by the Kings in the sixth round as well (179th overall). The 19-year-old right wing from Los Angeles recorded 108 points (40-68=108) and 58 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen in 2008-09. In the WHL his 108 points ranked second, 40 goals ranked tied for seventh, 68 assists ranked second, 34 power-play assists ranked third and plus-50 rating ranked sixth. In 18 playoff games for Calgary, Kozun recorded 19 points (7-12=19) and eight penalty minutes as he helped Calgary reach the WHL Finals before being eliminated by Kelowna. Kozun also played with the Hitmen in 2006-07 and 2007-08 recording two points (1-1=2) and 53 points (19-34=53) respectively.

In the seventh round, the Kings selected center Jordan Nolan (6-3, 216 pounds) as the 186th pick and center Nic Dowd (6-1, 175 pounds) as the 198th pick. Nolan, 20, recorded 43 points (16-27=43) and 158 penalty minutes in 64 games for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2008-09. His 158 penalty minutes led the Greyhounds and were tied for fourth in the OHL. Nolan also played with Windsor in 2006-07 and 2007-08, recording 27 points both seasons (11-16=27 in 2006-07 and 13-14=27 in 2007-08). The native of St. Catharines, Ontario began his OHL tenure in 2005-06 with the Erie Otters, recording seven points (3-4=7) and 20 penalty minutes in 33 games.

Dowd, 19, recorded 49 points (16-33=49) and 71 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for the North American Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild in 2008-09. His 33 assists ranked second on Wenatchee and plus-9 rating was third on the team. In 13 playoff games for Wenatchee the native of Huntsville, Ala. recorded 22 points (8-14=22) and 34 penalty minutes as the Wild lost to the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL Finals. His 22 playoff points co-led Wenatchee, while his 14 assists and plus-10 rating led the team.

Last night the Kings selected center Brayden Schenn in the first round (fifth overall). Schenn, 17, played the last two seasons for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. His brother Luke was the fifth overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in last year’s draft.

Boyle recorded five points (4-1=5) and 42 penalty minutes in 28 games with the Kings in 2008-09. He also registered 21 points (10-11=21) and 73 penalty minutes in 42 games with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs. Boyle, who made his NHL debut in 2007-08 has played in 36 total NHL games (all with the Kings), recording 10 points (8-2=10) and 46 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Kings in the first round (26th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Former King forward Ray Ferraro, had his son, Landon, selected by the Red Wings at No. 32 overall.

Kings Trade Tracker:
-Kings trade Brian Boyle to NY Rangers for the Rangers’ third-round pick in 2010
-Kings trade the 74th overall pick to Calgary for the 84th and 107th picks
-Kings trade 117th, 120th and 203rd overall picks to Atlanta for the 95th pick
-Kings trade the 107th and 138th overall picks to Florida for the Panthers’ third-round pick in 2010

KINGS ENTRY DRAFT SELECTION LIST

RD/PICK PLAYER
POS
HT
WT
AGE
2008-09 (CLUB)
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1/5th Brayden Schenn*
C
6-0
198
17
Brandon (WHL)
70
32
56
88
82
2/35th Kyle Clifford
LW
6-1
200
18
Barrie (OHL)
60
16
12
28
133
3/84th Nicolas Deslauriers
D
6-0
198
18
Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
68
11
19
30
80
4/96th Linden Vey
RW
5-11
176
17
Medicine Hat (WHL)
71
24
48
72
20
5/126th David Kolomatis
D
5-11
189
20
Owen Sound (OHL)
63
18
28
46
52
  Providence (AHL)
4
0
0
0
0
6/156th Michael Pelech
F
6-3
206
19
Mississauga (OHL)
68
19
46
65
121
6/179th Brandon Kozun
RW
5-8
162
19
Calgary (WHL)
72
40
68
108
58
7/186th Jordan Nolan
C
6-3
216
20
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
64
16
27
43
158
7/198th Nic Dowd
C
6-1
175
19
Wenatchee (NAHL)
43
16
33
49
71

RD/PICK GOALTENDER
POS
HT
WT
AGE
2008-09 (CLUB)
GP
W
L
T
GAA
4/95th Jean-Francois Berube
G
6-1
155
17
Montreal (QMHL)
20
6
7
2
2.66

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