So the draft is finally over. We’ve had the weekend to digest the selections and the complete lack of trade activity, so what have we got now? For the rest of the week we’ll be taking a look at the 2010 NHL Entry draft selections by the Los Angeles Kings, but for today we’ll take a brief overview of the selections. So first things first, who did the Los Angeles Kings pick?
In round 1, the Los Angeles Kings selected defenseman Derek Forbert at #15. It wasn’t the pick most (including myself) had expected, especially since they don’t really need another defenseman in the pipes, but then again, you can’t really have too many defensemen.
In round 2 and 3 we turned our attention to where the Kings current need exists, and while neither of the players picked are likely to appear in the NHL for at least a couple years, they were solid picks. In round 2, the Kings selected center Tyler Toffoli at #47. In round 3, the Kings selected center Jordan Weal at #70. Both players look to be good additions with some offensive ability. As I mentioned, we’re planning a more detailed look at the players later this week.
In round 5, the Kings selected defenseman Kevin Gravel at #148. Wrapping up the draft, at least from Los Angeles perspective was winger Maxim Kitsyn in the 6th round at #158. It was the first European addition to this years draft class, and an interesting pick. Kitsyn is a boom or bust kind of pick, and while he’s not a high probability to pan out, in the 6th round it’s all about taking a flyer on a kid with some potential. That’s what the Kings did this draft overall, and with relatively good success.
In all, I’d grade the Kings with a solid B+. They made some savvy picks, and were willing to move some excess picks to move up and get a guy they had their eye on. In all it’s a solid class, but it lacks a real homerun choice. Only time will tell. What grade would you give the Kings on their draft so far?