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Kings Select Six Players on Final Day of 2011 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – Goaltender Christopher Gibson was the first of six players selected by the Los Angeles Kings in today’s second and final day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul.

Gibson was selected in the second-round (49th overall).  The Kings then selected center Andy Andreoff in the third-round (80th overall); center Nick Shore in the third-round (82nd overall); left wing Michael Mersch in the fourth-round (110th overall); left wing Joel Lowry in the fifth-round (140th overall); and left wing Michael Schumacher in the seventh-round (200th overall).

For Day 2 interviews from Minnesota, visit, including the following interviews with Gibson and Mersch.

Said Kings Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti from St. Paul after today’s event concluded: “We felt very fortunate, without being in a position to be proactive and dictate our own fate, we felt lucky to have some of the players we were targeting high on our list fall to us at numbers we didn’t think were realistic.  You always want to be able to move and to dictate who you get, but this was more than what we were hoping for.”

Gibson has played the last two seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and was ranked second among North American goalies in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings.  This past season Gibson, a native of Finland, played in 37 games and recorded a 14-15-8 record, a 2.42 goals-against-average (GAA), a .920 save percentage, four shutouts and two assists.  His 2.42 GAA was the second lowest in the QMJHL.  Gibson, 18, is 6-1 and 191 pounds.

The following is Central Scouting’s report on Gibson: “He’s a very confident goalie, has an air of confidence about him.  He’s got very good net coverage, has good size and is very strong in his crease.  He plays determined and aggressive, his movements are controlled, he tracks the puck very well and he challenges properly and holds his ground.  He battled hard in all areas.  He has a good, solid butterfly, was quick at gathering in any loose pucks and has good overall quickness.”

Said Yannetti of Gibson: “I did not think that Gibson would be there for us at No. 49.  He was the highest rated goalie so at 49 those players usually go late first round or very, very early on the second day.  That was a surprise – not a shock but a surprise.”

Andreoff has played the past three seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.  This past season Andreoff, a native of Pickering, Ontario, played in 66 regular season games and recorded 75 points (33-42=75) and 109 penalty minutes.  His 75 points were 27 more than he recorded the prior season.  He also played in 10 postseason games, recording 11 points (3-8=11) and 16 penalty minutes.  Andreoff, 20, is 6-1 and 198 pounds.

Shore played last season at the University of Denver, where he recorded 18 points (7-11=18) and 14 penalty minutes in 28 games.  His older brother, Drew (selected 44th overall in 2009 by Florida), also plays at the University of Denver.  They both played in the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2008-09, becoming the first set of siblings to be in the program at the same time.  Nick, who was ranked as the No. 56 North American skater by Central Scouting, also tied for the team lead with 10 points (3-7=10) helping the U.S. win a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.  Nick is a 6-0, 195-pound native of Denver and he this morning conducted this interview with the NHL Network after the selection.

The selection of Shore came after the Kings traded a third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and the club’s sixth draft choice (170th overall) in this year’s NHL Entry Draft to Nashville for the 82nd overall selection.

Mersch played this past season with the University of Wisconsin, recording 19 points (8-11=19) and 32 penalty minutes.  Prior to that Mersch spent three years in the U.S. National development program.  The 6-2, 198-pound Mersch is from Park Ridge, Illinois.  He is 18 years old.

Lowry has played the last two seasons with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League.  The 6-1, 180-pounder had 24 goals and 43 assists in 42 games for Victoria last season.  He also played in 12 playoff games and had 17 points.  He and his brother Adam, who was selected today by Winnipeg in the third-round, are the sons of Dave Lowry, a former NHL player.   Joel is 19 years old and is from Calgary originally.

Schumacher played 22 games this past season in the Superelit, Sweden’s top junior league.  He recorded seven points (4-3=7) for Frolunda HC.  Schumacher also previously played for Frolunda HC’s under-18 team.  The 6-3, 198-pounder is from Sweden.  He is 17 years old.

Last night the Kings did not hold any selections in the first-round.

The Los Angeles Kings will host their annual Development Camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo next month with camp participants taking the ice for on-ice practice sessions from July 11-12.

Recently, the website Hockey’s Future – a website tabbed as “The No. 1 Online Prospect Resource” -- named the Kings as the top organization in the National Hockey League in terms of prospects in their Spring 2011 rankings.

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