With the 2012 NHL Draft set so soon after winning the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings are forced to once again to look towards the future. As part of FanSided NHL’s 2012 Mock Draft, we’re going to say that Dean Lombardi envisions that future through Martin Frk, a Czech winger from the Hailfax Mooseheads of the OHL.
The Kings are to a point in their franchise manufacturing, where it’s hard to pin-point where Lombardi should focus on personnel. There’s plenty of NHL talent playing for the Monarchs of the AHL, and with Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones, there’s not the slightest bit of need in goal behind the world’s top goalie, Jonathan Quick.
Because of the depth of the organization on defense, with Jake Muzzin, Thomas Hickey and Nicholas Deslauriers all ready for a crack at the NHL, and Derek Forbort thriving at North Dakota, it only makes sense for the Kings to look to the wings to open up their 2012 Draft.’
Right winger Martin Frk is the perfect risk for Dean Lombardi to take, as he’s extremely talented on the puck, but has enough of a flawed game to label him as a project, buying time for his puck handling in Manchester. Given his top-shelf puck handling skills, he’s likely to be the most talented skater available at the end of the first round, setting the stage for what could be the second coming of Alexander Frolov.
A concussion limited his time in 2011-2012 and hampered his draft stock, but he was still able to improve his scoring rate by netting 16 goals in just 34 games in the QMJHL. Frk added 11 playoff points at the end of the season, and by all accounts should pass any physicals that the NHL request he take after the draft.
Frk would give the Kings top six option down the line, a spot that only Tyler Toffoli could be on pace for in the Kings organization. For a team so stacked on defense and in net, you have to feel as though going for the best possible talent in the draft could pay dividends.
The draft kicks off on Friday from Pittsburgh, live at 4pm Pacific on the NBC Sports Network.