July 27, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Los Angeles Kings in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2015 NHL Draft
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Los Angeles Kings in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Erik Cernak (ISS Ranked #42 in 2015, Overall drafted #43 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Good value pick at #43 physical defender who thrives in physical play and anticipates the play very well. He knows his boundaries in his skill-set and thrives when playing a simple, defensive-first mentality but providing efficient puck movement to advance the puck up ice. Was Erie’s 1st Rnd. Pick, 54th Overall in 2015 CHL Import draft.
Adrian Kempe (ISS Ranked #22 in 2014, Overall drafted #29 in 2014 NHL Draft) – He brings two-way dependability, high intelligence and good offensive tools to be an effective pro. He was ranked #22 in the ISS final rankings and was selected by Los Angeles in the 29th in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Tanner Pearson (ISS Ranked #88 in 2012, Overall drafted #30 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Hard working winger with some power to his game. Skating was fine with decent speed. Plays a physical board game with good net drive. Showed offensive skill with ability to see the ice and make plays in traffic. Needs to bounce back from injury plagued 2014/15 season and develop into a solid 3rd line NHL player with potential to play as a top six.
Tyler Toffoli (ISS Ranked #38 in 2010, Overall drafted #47 in 2010 NHL Draft) – A character kid who will be a vital piece to any success the Kings have in the next 5 years. Another 2nd round steal who is already contributing at the NHL level. Expect his level of play and production to rise next year as he takes on a bigger role in the offense.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Jordan Weal (ISS Ranked #32 in 2010, Overall drafted #70 in 2010 NHL Draft) – An ISS favorite, ranked #32 he slipped and wasn’t taken until early in the 3rd round in 2010 draft. Weal has shown an excellent development curve over the past two seasons and has developed into a dominant player who was one of the AHL’s top scorers this past season. While leading the Monarchs to Calder Cup Championship he was selected Playoff MVP, not bad for kid that was said to be “too small”.
“President and General Manager Dean Lombardi biggest move on draft day was to trade the 13th pick to the Boston Bruins for top-line left wing Milan Lucic. The Kings will also not have a first-round pick next season due to the Andrej Sekera deal. Nevertheless, the team has done well in recent years with minimal picks and mid-round picks. This years draft none of these kids will make an immediate impact for the Kings, but Austin Wagner in particular—has the type of offensive potential that LA has lacked in their system. Wagner has excellent speed, it’s his best asset. Handles and protects the puck well. Can beat defencemen wide with speed or even straight up the gut. Character player who can play bottom six minutes.” Dennis MacInnis, ISS Hockey Director of Scouting
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