David Kolomatis, the Kings’ fifth-round pick, has some ties to the Kings already. The 20-year-old defenseman was signed to his junior team, Owen Sound of the OHL, by current Kings co-director of scouting Michael Futa, who was Owen Sound’s general manager. In fact, Futa signed Kolomatis on the same day (in 2006) that he signed Trevor Lewis.
Kolomatis spent three seasons in Owen Sound. OHL coaches voted Kolomatis as the third-best “offensive defenseman” in the league this season, when he had 18 goals, which doubled his total from 2007-08.
With their fifth-round pick (No. 126), the Kings selected defenseman David Kolomatis from Owen Sound of the OHL. Kolomatis, 20, is 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, and totaled 18 goals and 28 assists in 63 games last season. He also played four games with Providence of the AHL, under an amateur-tryout offer.
Linden Vey, who went to the Kings in fourth round (No. 96 overall), just completed his second full season with Medicine Hat of the WHL. Vey, a right wing, totaled 24 goals and 48 assists in 71 games. He is 5-foot-11, 179 points and turns 18 next month.
Hockey’s Future says, “The Wakaw, Saskatchewan native is of average size and weight, but delivers above average results in most facets of the game. He’s a leader and a grit player who inspires with a solid work ethic.”
The Kings’ fourth-round pick at No. 107 was made by Florida, and the Kings also gave up one of their fifth-round picks (No. 138) to the Panthers for Florida’s third-round pick in 2010 (edit, and thanks for the info).
Also, the Kings sent their final pick (203rd overall, seventh round) to Atlanta in the swap that landed them Berube at No. 95.
Here’s what the Kings have left:
Fifth round: No. 126
Sixth round: Nos. 156 and 179
Seventh round: Nos. 186 and 198
Jean-Francois Berube is a 17-year-old goalie who, in 20 games with Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL last season, had a 2.66 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He is 6-foot-1 and was listed as the 10th-best North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting.
Hockey’s Future said about Berube, “J-F Berube caught the eyes of many despite his limited work this season. The big butterfly goaltender is always square to the shooter and moves quickly between the pipes. In fact, some say the only real flaw this Quebec native has is the lack of playing time and exposure.”
Berube played behind Jake Allen, who was St. Louis’ second-round pick last year. Berube did a quick interview on the NHL Network after his selection.
Q: Does your size (6-1) help you as a butterfly goalie?
A: Yeah, of course. I’m a butterfly goalie, so I move pretty fast on my knees and I’m pretty fast on my feet too.
Q: How did you feel your season went?
A: I didn’t have a chance to play a lot because I had Jake Allen in front of me, so I take every opportunity to perform on the ice and it was a good season for me.
Q: What did you learn from him?
A: Just his personality. He’s working hard every day and I try to eat healthy.
Q: What do you know about the Kings?
A: It’s an incredible team and I’m pretty excited to jump on the ice.
Nicolas Deslauriers, the Kings’ third-round pick (No. 84 overall) just finished his second season with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL and had 11 goals, 19 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 68 games. He’s 6-foot, 198 pounds and a left shot.
ISS had Deslauriers ranked as its 181st-best prospect and describes him as…“Good offensive ability, defensive play needs work, good mobility, good outlet pass, hard shot.”