Futa/Yannetti quotes

I’m still waiting to hear back from Dean Lombardi, who is no doubt decompressing somewhere in Montreal, but here are a couple quotes from Michael Futa and Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ co-directors of amateur scouting, regarding the draft:

FUTA: “We’re really excited. We had a big night (Friday) night getting Brayden Schenn and we built on the momentum today. The day unfolded really well for us. I think the theme of our draft this year was competitiveness. We got a good mix of players with a lot of skill, but they will also be tough to play against.”

YANNETTI: “Things went really well for us today. The first two guys we targeted, we got, and the rest of the draft pretty much went according to our plan as well.”

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Day 2 draft recap

It’s all over in Montreal…

The Kings entered the day with one second-round pick (35), one third-round pick (74), three fourth-round picks (96, 117 and 120), two fifth-round picks (126 and 138), two sixth-round picks (156 and 179) and three seventh-round picks (186, 198 and 203).

They traded 74 to Atlanta for 84 and a third-round pick (107), then traded 107 and 138 to Atlanta for a third-round pick in 2010. The Kings also traded 117, 120 and 203 to Atlanta for a fourth-round pick (95). In a move unrelated to this draft, the Kings traded Brian Boyle to the New York Rangers for a third-round pick in 2010.

Here’s how the Kings drafted today:

Second round: 35-Kyle Clifford, LW (Barrie, OHL)
Third round: 84-Nicolas Delauriers, D (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
Fourth round: 95-J.F. Berube, G (Montreal, QMJHL)
Fourth round: 96-Linden Vey, RW (Medicine Hat, WHL)
Fifth round: 126-David Kolomatis, D (Owen Sound, OHL)
Sixth round: 156-Michael Pelech, C (Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL)
Sixth round: 179-Brandon Kozun, RW (Calgary, WHL)
Seventh round: 186-Jordan Nolan, C (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
Seventh round: 198-Nic Dowd, C (Wenatchee, NAHL…committed to St. Cloud State)

Including first-round pick Brayden Schenn (Brandon, WHL), the Kings selected four OHL players, three WHL players, two QMJHL players and one NAHL player. They drafted seven forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.

I should be getting comments from Dean Lombardi later today…

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Kings take Nic Dowd

With their second seventh-round pick (No. 198), and presumably their last pick of the draft, the Kings selected center Nic Dowd from Wenatchee of the North American Hockey League. Dowd is 19, listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and was born in Huntsville, Ala. Dowd had 16 goals and 33 assists in 43 games last season.

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Nolan info/video

Jordan Nolan, the Kings’ first pick in the seventh round (No. 186) is the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan. He turned 20 this month and has already played the full four seasons in the OHL.

Here’s a video of Nolan, in red, delivering a knockout…

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Kozun info

Brandon Kozun, the Kings’ sixth-round pick (No. 179) will likely draw some obvious comparisons to Justin Azevedo, the Kings’ sixth-round pick from last year. Kozun is listed at 5-foot-8, one inch taller than Azevedo, and they both fell into the late rounds despite putting up big goal-scoring numbers.

Kozun was a teammate, in Calgary, of Kings goalie prospect Martin Jones. He scored 19 goals for the Hitmen in 2007-08 but jumped to 40 goals last season. Kozun lists Calgary as his hometown but apparently was born in Los Angeles.

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Kings take Jordan Nolan

With their first seventh-round pick (No. 186), the Kings selected center/winger Jordan Nolan from Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Nolan, 20, is listed at 6-foot-3, 223 pounds and is about the 20th Kings draft pick from this year with a slew of fight videos on YouTube. Sense a trend? Last season, Nolan totaled 16 goals, 27 assists and 158 penalty minutes in 64 games.

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Pelech info/video

Michael Pelech, the Kings’ first sixth-round pick (No. 156), has already played four years in the OHL and should be eligible to sign a pro contract at this point. He turns 20 in October.

Here’s a Pelech fight video. A little dark, but Pelech is in the white uniform.

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