Here’s the official NHL profile of third-round pick Geordie Wudrick:
And here’s a goal scored by fifth-round pick Andrei Loktionov for Russia during the 2007 Under-18 championships.
OK, to (hopefully) clear up any confusion and reset the table a little, here’s a recap of what the Kings did with the 15 picks they entered the draft with.
2. Drew Doughty, D
(13. Colten Teubert, D. Kings made three-way trade, gave up No. 28, No. 48 and Michael Cammalleri and got No. 12 pick. Kings then traded No. 12 for No. 13.)
28. See above.
32. Vjateslav Voinov, D
48. Traded to Calgary in three-way deal (see above).
61. Traded to Colorado for Brad Richardson.
63. Robert Czarnik, RW/C
(74. Andrew Campbell, D. Kings acquired this from Buffalo, gave up No. 81 and No. 101.)
81. See above.
88. Geordie Wudrick, LW
92. Traded to San Jose for fourth-round pick in 2009 and fifth-round pick in 2010.
101. Traded to Buffalo. (see No. 74)
123. Andrei Loktionov, C
153. Justin Azevedo, C
179. Traded to Chicago for sixth-round pick in 2009.
183. Garrett Roe, LW
185. Traded to St. Louis for seventh-round pick in 2009.
Here was TSN.ca’s reports of the first two players drafted by the Kings today. Much more on Voinov, less on Czarnik.
Weight: 190 lbs.
From: Chelyabinsk, RUS
Team: Chelyabinsk (RUS)
CSB: 8 ES
Comparable: Danny Markov
From TSN: The Russian defenceman is one of the chief agitators in the draft, an in your face type of guy who doesn’t back off an inch. When most of his Russian teammates threw in the towel against Canada in the Summit Series last fall, Voinov played every shift of every game as if it mattered. The Russian factor will come into play on how high he goes, but it wouldn’t be outlandish if a team toyed with the idea of taking him late in the first round. Chances are, though, that he’ll go in the second.
From NHL Central Scouting: Vjateslav is a talented and skilled defenseman who needs some time to develop. He is strong in the defensive zone and is able to make good decisions with the puck. He needs to get stronger and to improve on his first-step quickness.
CSB: 88 NAS
Here’s what Kings third-round pick Geordie Wudrick had to say in a TV interview a few minutes ago:
“I feel absolutely honored. This is by far the most exciting day of my life. I’ve been through a lot this year. My best friend passed away earlier this year. This is a great honor to be drafted by the L.A. Kings and I’m just thrilled right now.”
“Just growing up, I was a Canucks fan, but … I’m going to enjoy beating them. The L.A. Kings were my No. 1 choice going into the draft today, if I could have chosen. It’s going to be a great organization in the next few years. They’ve got a lot of guys. Kopitar is a great player. Going into camp is going to be absolutely fun and a great chance to play alongside all these great players they drafted this year and the past couple years.”
Geordie Wudrick, the Kings’ third-round pick at No. 88, is a left winger from Swift Current in the WHL. On his bio on the team’s website, it says Wudrick “looks up to NHL players Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal, and Anze Kopitar.” Wudrick had 20 goals and 24 assists in 66 games with Swift Current last season.
Hockey’s Future’s analysis: “Established himself as a confident handler of the puck. He continues to develop a nose for the net, showing little hesitation to aggressively drive through traffic to create scoring opportunities.”
Here’s what Wudrick told his hometown paper, the Southwest Booster:
“To tell you truth all of the different rankings have me all over the place right now. I know Central Scouting has me about 71st among North Americans. Hockey News and ISS rating all have me about 50th overall. I am thinking that it is so wide open that I could go anywhere from possibly late first round to third of fourth but who knows.”
“It is going to be a pretty exiting time and I am trying not to get too stressed out about whether I go first, second, third or fourth round it is just going to be an exiting time. I am just going to be there just in case any teams want to do any last minute interviews just for convenience purposes that way.”
“I am living here in North Vancouver by myself right now and working out right in downtown Vancouver with a couple of trainers that I have been working with over the past couple of summers. Just working on things that obviously I need to get better at like upper body strength and getting faster. I am working on all my skills on-ice a couple of times a week as well.”