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LA Kings Make Three Selections on Day 2 of the NHL Draft

The Kings selected four players in total during the 2021 NHL Draft, including Brandt Clarke eighth overall

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The LA Kings made four total selections in the 2021 NHL Draft, including three picks on Day Two after selecting defenseman Brandt Clarke eighth overall yesterday during the first round.

The Kings opened Day Two of the draft by selecting forward Francesco Pinelli 42nd overall after trading up with the Ottawa Senators (picks 49 and 136). The 18-year-old played last season in AlpsHL with HDD Jesenice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, posting 11 points (5-6=11) and a plus-4 rating in 13 games.

During his first season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) in 2019-20, he totaled 41 points (18-23=41) and a plus-15 rating in 59 games. The Hamilton, Ontario native has represented Canada twice, most recently in this years' IIHF Under 18 World Championship where he posted 11 points (4-7=11) and a plus-8 rating to help Team Canada to a gold medal.

Tweet from @LAKings: Welcome to the LA Kings family, Francesco Pinelli, selected 42nd overall. #NHLDraft | @Socalgas

Tweet from @LAKings: .@DooleyLAK with the scouting report on Francesco Pinelli.@SoCalGas | #NHLDraft

Tweet from @LAKings: Meet Francesco Pinelli, LA Kings draft pick. @SoCalGas | #NHLDraft

LA traded back into the second round by sending picks 72 and 109 to the Carolina Hurricanes to select forward Samuel Helenius at 59th overall. The 6-6, 200-pound forward appeared in his first season in Liiga, the top league in Finland, where he posted 14 points (7-7=14) in 54 games during the 2020-21 season.

He appeared with Jokerit U20 (U20 SM-Liiga) in the 2019-20 season, registering 24 points (13-11=24) and a plus-14 rating in 51 games. The Jarvenpaa, Finland native represented his home country at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, posting four points (2-2=4) and a plus-2 rating in seven games to help Finland win the bronze medal.

Tweet from @LAKings: At pick #59, Samuel Helenius. Welcome to LA!Beautiful beaches and overpriced coffee are calling your name.😎 #NHLDraft | @Socalgas

Tweet from @LAKings: Get to know Samuel Helenius. From @DooleyLAK ������ | #NHLDraft

The Kings traded up for a third time by sending the 89th and 168th selections to the Calgary Flames in order to pick defenseman Kirill Kirsanov with the 84th overall selection. Kirsanov, 18, made his KHL debut this past season with SKA St. Petersburg, posting three points (0-3=3) in 29 games and adding one assist in six postseason games.

The native or Tver, Russia has appeared in international competition on multiple occasions. Most recently, he appeared in seven games for Russia at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship where he tallied two points (1-1=2) and a plus-1 rating as Russia fell to Finland in the bronze-medal game. 

Tweet from @LAKings: It's never a bad day when you get drafted by the LA Kings. Welcome to the squad Kirill Kirsanov, picked 84th overall. #NHLDraft | @Socalgas

Tweet from @LAKings: Instant reaction to the LA Kings moving up to select Kirill Kirsanov.@SoCalGas | #NHLDraft

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