One of the reoccurring questions heading into the draft was whether or not the Kings would draft a goalie. Well in everyone got their answer when the Kings selected goaltender, Patrik Bartosak with the 146th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Bartosak had shoulder surgery last summer so there were questions surrounding him coming into the ’12-’13 season. However, he recovered well and played in 55 games for the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels. He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship.
He ranked fourth in the WHL in goals against average with a 2.26, recorded five shutouts and boasted a .935 save percentage. Bartosak’s 33-14-5 record helped Red Deer finish fourth in the WHL’s central division carrying them to the playoffs. Bartosak finished the playoffs with a 5-3 record, posting one shutout and a 1.97 goals against average. At the World Junior Championships, he appeared in five games and finished the tournament with a 3-1 record.
This was Bartosak’s second year of draft eligibility and came in ranked eighth among North American Goalies by Central Scouting.
Below is Daryl Evans speaking with Bartosak just after being selected.