LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings made four total selections, all today, in rounds two through seven at the 2016 NHL Draft hosted by the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Kings opened day two of the draft by selecting defenseman Kale Clague from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL in the second round (51st overall). Clague, a 6-0, 177-pound 18-year old (born June 5, 1998) native of Regina, Saskatchewan totaled 43 points (6-37=43), a plus-25 rating and 54 penalty minutes in 71 games last season with Brandon. He helped lead the Wheat Kings to the WHL Championship last year, posting 14 points (6-8=14), a plus-5 rating and eight penalty minutes. Overall, Clague has appeared in 93 regular-season games in the WHL (all with Brandon), recording 56 points (10-46=56), a plus-24 rating and 60 penalty minutes.
The Kings next selected defenseman Jacob Moverare from HV71 U-20 in the Swedish Junior league in the fourth round (112th overall). Moverare, a 6-2, 198-pound 17-year old (born on Aug. 31, 1998) native of Ostersund, Sweden collected 21 points (5-16=21), a plus-3 rating and 22 penalty minutes in 41 regular-season games last season. He represented Sweden at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championships, tallying five points (1-4=5) in seven games en route to winning a silver medal.
The Kings selected center Michael Eyssimont of Littleton, Colo. in the fifth round (142nd overall). The 6-0, 180-pound forward recorded 33 points (14-19=33) and 20 penalty minutes in 40 games with St. Cloud State University of the NCHC in his freshman year, helping lead St. Cloud State to the NCHC championship. He scored two goals in the championship game, including the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. He is the fourth player currently in the Kings organization to have played at St. Cloud State (Jonny Brodzinski, Nic Dowd and Kevin Gravel). The 19-year-old (born on Aug. 9, 1996) played two full seasons in the USHL for both Fargo and Sioux Falls, totaling 79 points (36-43=79) and 126 penalty minutes in 122 games.
The Kings finished their draft when they picked defenseman Jacob Friend in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Friend, a 6-1, 182-pound 18-year-old (born July 28, 1997) from Bowmanville, Ontario registered 21 points (4-17=21), a plus-10 rating and 106 penalty minutes in 54 regular-season games last season (first full season in the OHL). He appeared in six postseason games, going scoreless with 13 penalty minutes. He has played in 62 OHL games overall (all with Owen Sound), posting 21 points (4-17=21, a plus-15 rating and 112 penalty minutes.
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