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LA Kings 2017 NHL Draft Recap

Team adds seven players to organization at NHL Entry Draft held in Chicago

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The LA Kings made seven total selections in this weekend's NHL Draft hosted by the United Center in Chicago.

After selecting Gabriel Vilardi in the first round (11th overall) yesterday, the Kings continued the draft on Saturday by adding six more members to the teams' 2017 draft class.

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Andy Andreoff Signs Two-Year Contract Extension with LA Kings

The 26-year-old forward's new deal has a $677,500 (AAV) cap hit

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The LA Kings have signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Andreoff's contract will have an Annual Average Value (AAV) of $677,500.

The 26-year-old Andreoff (born May 17, 1991) is a 6-1, 210-pound native of Pickering, Ontario who appeared in 36 regular-season games this past season with the Kings, posting two points (0-2=2) and 70 penalty minutes.

 

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LA Kings Select Jaret Anderson-Dolan with No. 41 Pick at 2017 NHL Draft

The 17-year-old forward was ranked No. 21 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting

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The LA Kings selected Jaret Anderson-Dolan with No. 41 Pick at 2017 NHL Draft.

He was ranked No. 21 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Anderson-Dolan ranked second on the Spokane Chiefs in scoring with 76 points (39-37=76) during the 2016-17 regular season (72 games), becoming the fourth 17-year-old in franchise history to score 30 or more goals in a season. His 39 goals ranked 12th in the Western Hockey League.

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LA Kings Select Gabriel Vilardi with the No. 11 Pick at 2017 NHL Draft

6-foot-3 center played for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL last season; Leading up to the Entry Draft, NHL Central Scouting had Vilardi ranked as the No. 4 North American skater.

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The LA Kings selected forward Gabriel Vilardi with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

"We were looking to upgrade our skill, and we did," said Kings Assistant General Mike Futa, when asked about Vilardi, who NHL Central Scouting had ranked as the No. 4 North American skater heading into the draft. "He's a big kid with an incredible skill package and he's a winner."

Video: Kings draft F Gabriel Vilardi No. 11

Vilardi is a 6-3, 203-pound prospect from Kingston, Ontario who will turn 18-years-old on August 16 of this year. He led his junior team - the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League - in goals (29) and points (61) as a 17-year-old. He also tied for first on his team in power play goals (8), and finished second on his team in assists (32) while appearing in 49 regular season games. In seven OHL playoff games, he collected six points (2-4=6) and four penalty minutes.

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LA Kings Buyout Defenseman Matt Greene

Club will incur $833,333 cap hit in each of the next two seasons

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The LA Kings have bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Greene, who played for the Kings the past nine seasons and helped the club win two Stanley Cups, had one year remaining on his player contract. The buyout will result in a cap charge of approximately $833,333 for the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season.

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LA Kings Announce 82-Game 2017-18 Regular Season Schedule

The Kings, as announced yesterday, open the season at home on October 5 versus Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m.

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The LA Kings and the National Hockey League today announced the club's entire 82-game 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule.

The LA Kings, as announced yesterday, open the season at home on October 5 versus Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. (this is the second consecutive season the LA Kings' home opener has been against the Flyers). The LA Kings then hit the road for a game in San Jose on October 7.

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How the NHL Draft has Shaped the 2017 LA Kings Roster

A look at how draft picks have played a huge role in the LA Kings development process

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The 2017 NHL Draft will be held in Chicago at the United Center this weekend. The first round will be held on Friday and the LA Kings are slotted to have the No. 11 overall pick.

Before we find out who will be drafted, let's take a look back at the Kings' past draft picks.

Including Adrian Kempe and Johnny Brodzinski, 18 out of 24 players were originally drafted by the Kings roster that ended the 2016-17 season.

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Don Nachbaur agreed to terms to serve as Assistant Coach

Nachbaur joins Assistant Coach Dave Lowry and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford. Stevens was named the Kings Head Coach on April 24.

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The LA Kings have agreed to terms with Don Nachbaur to serve as Assistant Coach, it was announced today by LA Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens.

Nachbaur joins Assistant Coach Dave Lowry (hired on May 30) and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford. Stevens was named the Kings Head Coach on April 24.  

Nachbaur, 58 (January 30, 1959) joins the Kings after serving as Head Coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League for the past seven seasons (2010-11 through 2016-17) and leading his team to the WHL playoffs in six of those seven campaigns.

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LA Kings Set to Make 8 Selections at 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Team holds No. 11 overall draft pick for this weekend's NHL Draft

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The LA Kings are scheduled to make eight selections at the 2017 NHL Draft, set for this Friday and Saturday June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago.

The first round of the annual draft is set to begin on Friday at 4 p.m. (PT), and it will be broadcast live on NBCSN. Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. (PT), with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

Jon Rosen will provide on-site pre-draft and draft day coverage of the Kings on LAKingsInsider.com.

The following is a list of the Kings round-by-round selections at this year's draft: 

 

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Brayden McNabb Selected by Golden Knights at NHL Expansion Draft

26-year-old defenseman heads to Las Vegas after spending the past three seasons with the LA Kings

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The Vegas Golden Knights selected Brayden McNabb from the LA Kings at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

The 26-year-old defenseman had spent the past three seasons with the Kings, scoring 42 points during that span (six goals, 36 assists). McNabb also registered 491 hits while in Los Angeles, including 206 hits during the 2015-16 season.

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