Coming into today’s draft it was a foregone conclusion that Dean Lombardi and the Kings would try to move up in the draft, how far was the question. Well everyone got their answer when Lombardi traded away their 57th, 88th and 96th overall picks in this years draft for the 37th overall pick. So with the trade the Kings jumped up from 57th overall into the top 40.
With the 37th overall pick the Kings went on to select Valentin Zykov, from Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The 6-foot, 207 pound played in 67 games for the Drakkar in his first season in North America. Zykov was the second leading scorer on the Drakkar with a total of 40 goals and 35 assists over his 67 games played. Zykov’s production continued into the playoffs where he scored ten goals and 19 points in 19 games.
Zykov’s numbers were good enough to grab him the Michel Bergeron Trophy which is given annually to the QMJHL’s offensive rookie of the year, and was named the QMJHL’s Rookie of the Year as well.
Below is a video profile of Zykov.
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