Analysis of Kings draft

Here’s what Sports Illustrated had to say, with a letter grade at the end:

“With no first-round pick in their pocket, the Kings had to trade up to grab Valentin Zykov (37) in the second. He plays a Kings’ game: heavy on the puck, strong, aggressive and enough touch to lead all QMJHL rookies in scoring. RW Hudson Fasching (118) had a higher profile early in the season, but he never quite found his scoring touch.He has the size to play the power forward game, but needs to start showing some finish if he hopes to advance. C

Here’s what NHL.com had to say in its review:

The thought: The Kings didn’t have a first-round pick — No. 27 went to Columbus last season for Jeff Carter – but they had 10 in all, giving GM Dean Lombardi a chance to move back into the first round if he could find a willing partner.

The result: Baie-Comeau forward Valentin Zykov was No. 7 on Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters, but when he was still available in the second round, the Kings sent three picks to the Oilers to move up from No. 57 to No. 37. Zykov was named the Canadian Hockey League’s best rookie after leading all first-year players with 40 goals in 2012-13. Fourth-round pick Hudson Fasching is a talented, mature power forward who will develop at the University of Minnesota. Fifth-round pick goaltender Patrik Bartosak was the top goalie in the CHL.

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