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Meet the Kings' 2015 Draft Class

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



The Kings were busy before this weekend’s NHL Draft even began, acquiring power forward Milan Lucic from the Boston Bruins on Friday for goaltender Martin Jones, defensive prospect Colin Miller, and their first-round, #13 overall selection.

With six selections in the Draft still allotted to their name, the Kings are happy with the products they’ve welcomed to the organization this weekend in Sunrise, Florida.

Said Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ Co-Director of Amateur Scouting:

“We’re definitely happy with what we came out with. We had no first round pick, and that’s just the reality of competing for a Cup. So, you move on, and you realize now that you have to hit. You have to find a Shore. A Toffoli would be great, but you have to find a Shore. You have to find a Martinez, you have to find a Miller, so, we go in with that mindset. I think we did tick those boxes off. We had a little less flexibility than I would have wanted. I wouldn’t think not having a sixth round pick would be a big thing, but it actually affected some of the moves we tried to make, both up and back. It impacted our flexibility. We still were fortunate it worked out for the most part, and the planning and the preparation the guys did attributed to that. But there were some scenarios that obviously we just couldn’t quite pull off.”

Here are your new faces of the Los Angeles Kings organization:

ERIK CERNAK

2ND ROUND, 43RD OVERALL
Kosice, Slovakia
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"Cernak is a big defenseman with excellent reach and strength. Is brilliant defensively and in front of his own net. Can also play on the powerplay thanks to his hockey sense. Doesn't take a lot of penalties for a physical player. However, he could improve his skating ability."

ALEXANDER DERGACHYOV

3RD ROUND, 74TH OVERALL
Langepas, Russia
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"A huge unit at around 6'4" and 200 pounds, Dergachyov brings a high level of skill and intelligence to the table. Plays with a lot of grittiness and is able to create scoring chances through bullying his way to the net and then exhibiting his fine puckhandling skills. Possesses a set of soft hands and a keen awareness of teammates' positions. Although an intimidating sniper in nature, Dergachyov has proven himself to be a formidable and creative playmaker. All-in-all, a sizey power forward that has all of the technical skills to be successful in his role as a scorer, and versatile in the lineup as a gritty grinder."

AUSTIN WAGNER

4TH ROUND, 99TH OVERALL
Calgary, Alberta
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"A strong transitional forward that is consistent in his efforts and always looking for a way to be active in the play. He is a speedy skater whose naturally fluid skating patterns are quite remarkable. Possesses a creative streak, which he can and will use in the offensive end. Timing on shots and passes will need some work, but decision making is very good. All-in-all, a hard working two-way player who, as he rounds out his offensive game, continues to become a more and more complete player."

MATT SCHMALZ

5TH ROUND, 134TH OVERALL
Dunnville, Ontario
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"Schmalz is a huge, powerful forward who has grown into his body this season. If not for playing on such a weak team, Schmalz would have put up better numbers. He is not the best skater, but knows how to use his massive frame well."

CHAZ REDDEKOPP

7TH ROUND, 187TH OVERALL
Abbotsford, British Columbia
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"Reddekopp is a hard-nosed defender who is responsible in his own zone and is an asset on the penalty kill. Reddekopp is a times an unbalanced skater. He has decent straight line speed and form; however, his foot work in tight is a little clumsy. We like his overall athleticism and don't think his skating is a problem. He pivots well and has a good technical stride. He may not have the quickest feet yet, but he'll be fine."

MATT ROY

7TH ROUND, 194TH OVERALL
Detroit, Michigan
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