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Kings Make Six Total Selections At The 2015 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings made six total selections, all today, in rounds two through seven at the 2015 NHL Draft hosted by the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The Kings opened day two of the draft by selecting defenseman Erik Cernak from Kosice in Slovakia’s top league in the second round (43rd overall). Cernak, a 6-4, 207-pound 18-year old (born May 28, 1997) is a native of Kosice, Slovakia and totaled 13 points (5-8=13) in 43 games last season. He has won two league championships with Kosice the last two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15). Cernak has represented Slovakia in the last two World Junior Championships (2015: 6 GP, 0-2=2, 4 PIM; 2014: 5 GP, 0-0=0, 4 PIM), including earning a bronze medal in 2015. He also competed in the World Junior Under-18 Championships in 2013 (6 GP, 0-2=2, 8 PIM) and 2014 (5 GP, 0-0=0, 6 PIM), serving as the captain in 2014. He was named a Top Three Player on his team in both years. Also in 2013, he represented Slovakia in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (5 GP, 0-0=0, 8 PIM) serving as the assistant captain.

The Kings next selected center Alexander Dergachyov from SKA St. Petersburg in the Russian Junior league in the third round (74th overall). Dergachyov, a 6-4, 201-pound 18-year old (born on Sep. 27, 1996) native of Langepas, Russia, collected 39 points (10-29=39), a plus-5 rating and 52 penalty minutes in 45 regular-season games last season (second season in the Russian Junior League). He helped lead his team to the Kharlamov Cup (league championship; first in team history), totaling 18 points (11-7=18), a plus-11 rating and 10 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. In his first season in the league he registered 21 points (12-9=21), a plus-12 rating and 30 penalty minutes in 46 games. During the playoffs he earned 2 points (1-1=2) and two penalty minutes in 10 games. He represented Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championships, tallying four points (1-3=4), a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes in seven games en route to winning a silver medal. His first international experience came in the World Junior Under-18 Championships in 2014, where he went scoreless with a plus-1 rating in five games.

In the fourth round, the Kings traded up (104th pick and a sixth round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft) to select left winger Austin Wagner with the 99th overall pick. Wagner, a 6-1, 178-pounder from Calgary, Alberta, collected 39 points (20-19=39), a plus-13 rating and 53 penalty minutes in 61 regular-season games with the Regina Pats of the WHL last season. He registered eight (5-3=8) shorthanded points, which was tied for third in the league in both goals and points. The 18-year-old (born on June 23, 1997) added another three points (1-2=3) and eight penalty minutes in nine postseason games.

The Kings selected right winger Matt Schmalz of Dunnville, Ontario in the fifth round (134th overall). The 6-6, 209-pound forward recorded 40 points (24-16=40) and 68 penalty minutes in 66 regular-season games with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. The 19-year-old (born on March 21, 1996) has played three seasons in the OHL for both Sudbury and Kitchener, totaling 58 points (31-27=58) and 149 penalty minutes

The Kings made two selections in the seventh round, first drafting defenseman Chaz Reddekopp with the 187th overall selection. Reddekopp, a 6-3, 219-pound 18-year-old (born Jan. 19, 1997) from Abbotsford, B.C. recorded 21 points (5-16=21), a plus-12 rating and 53 penalty minutes in 72 regular-season games with the Victoria Royals of the WHL. He added two points (0-2=2), a plus-5 rating and 12 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.

The Kings finished their draft with their second selection of the round when they picked defenseman Matt Roy with the 194th overall selection. Roy, a 6-0, 200-pound 20-year-old (born March 1, 1995) from Detroit, Mich. finished with nine points (0-9=9) and 14 penalty minutes in 36 games during his freshman year with Michigan Tech in the NCAA. 

The Kings opened the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday, trading their first round selection (13th overall) along with goaltender Martin Jones and defenseman Colin Miller to Boston for forward Milan Lucic. Lucic has played eight seasons in the NHL – all with the Bruins. In 566 career regular-season games he has 342 points (139-203=342), a plus-94 rating and 772 penalty minutes. In 96 career Stanley Cup playoff games he has 61 points (26-35=61), a plus-40 rating and 155 penalty minutes. Lucic has registered three 20-or-more goal seasons as well as one 30-goal season (established a career-high in 2010-11), and he was a key member of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship Team.

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