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by Kim Mueller / Los Angeles Kings
Trevor Lewis was surprised when the Kings tabbed him with the 17th overall selection in 2006.

On NHL Draft day, the picks eagerly and nervously sit in the stands waiting for their name to be called. Some have an idea they will go early, some have an inkling they will be chosen later. Trevor Lewis was shocked when his name was called 17th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

“It was really unexpected,” reflected the 21-year-old native of Salt Lake City, Utah. “I had no clue where I was going to go. My agent was thinking I was going to go in the middle or the end of the first round. I was in shock when they (Kings) called my name.”

Not only was it unexpected for the Kings to call his name, Los Angeles traded veteran Pavol Demitra in order to get the 17th overall pick and center Patrick O’Sullivan.

“The Draft is a long process in general and my interview with the Kings was the same as any other interview with the other teams,” explained Lewis. “I was so surprised they picked me.”

That trade at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft was the first move by newly hired General Manager Dean Lombardi, and the beginning of the Kings rebuilding stage. Working to develop young players within the organization into a Stanley Cup contender, Lombardi began with trading Demitra for O’Sullivan and Lewis.

O’Sullivan broke into the NHL full time during the 2007-08 season and he finished fourth on the Kings squad in scoring with 22 goals and 53 points.

Lewis spent his first season under the Kings direction with the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound in 2006-07. Following the end of the Sound’s season, he joined the Manchester Monarchs and played in 10 professional games scoring six points (four goals, two assists).

“It was good for me to come into Manchester at the end of the season so I could get a sense of the style of the pro game and know what I was up against for the next season,” said Lewis.

“I was able to come to the Monarchs at the beginning of last season with more maturity and confidence. I had a little bit of a leg up on some of the other rookies because I knew what to expect, I knew what pro players were like and I had gotten to know some of my teammates.”

Lewis has packed on 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason, hoping to earn a spot on the Kings roster for 2008-09.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound rookie center played in 76 games with the Monarchs during the 2007-08 season and collected 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points.

“I thought it was a pretty good season and I had a lot of fun,” said Lewis. “I was a little disappointed in my game because it took me a little longer to get readjusted to the level with bigger, stronger players. (My game) started picking up once I got used to it. We had a good push into the playoffs and we were all obviously disappointed in the end because nobody wants to get swept in the playoffs.”

Working hard in the off-season, Lewis has gained 10 pounds of muscle heading into the Development Camp.

“My main goal was to get stronger this summer and I’ve done that. I’m working on my shot and trying to be more accurate too. I work with a trainer and lift weights Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I combine running and plyometrics on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and I take Sundays off.”

Lewis also skates three times a week at the rink across the street from his house.

Besides working on his body and game, Lewis has done some relaxing, catching some good movies such as Hancock, which he highly recommends, and keeps in touch with many of his teammates from Manchester including Teddy Purcell, Brian Boyle and Kevin Westgarth. He took a nice relaxing trip to Las Vegas at the conclusion of the season and you can find him out on the golf links twice a week.

“I wouldn’t say my golf game has improved at all but I try,” chuckled Lewis.

In the midst of the Kings Development Camp, Lewis is looking toward the 2008-09 season.

“I want to have a better year,” explained Lewis. “I want to produce more points and play better in my own end. I also want to play in at least a couple of games with the Kings if not make the team at the beginning of the year.”

Lewis is following in O’Sullivan’s footsteps as he becomes stronger and improves his game in order to show everyone that he deserves to play in the NHL in a Kings uniform.

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