Inside the war room

The Kings gave me the unique opportunity today to sit in for a while as Dean Lombardi and his staff continued the process of evaluating prospects for next month’s entry draft.

It’s a fascinating process, the scope of which is hugely complicated but yet somehow seems very orderly and organized. As part of the agreement to let me sit in, I agreed to not reveal certain details, such as specifics about how players are evaluated and which players are being discussed. That certainly made sense to me, as I can understand why the Kings wouldn’t want to reveal their tactics and thought process to other teams.

But in general, I’ll do my best to give you a picture of how it went…

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Draft poll, part II

We did this a few weeks back, but I’m interested to see if opinions are changing at all about which player the Kings should take with the No. 2 pick. You’ve had a chance to see the highlight videos and see the Central Scouting rankings, so has your mind changed at all? For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that Steven Stamkos is going first. A wild guess…

After reflection, who would you like the Kings to draft?
Zach Bogosian
Drew Doughty
Nikita Filatov
Tyler Myers
Alex Pietrangelo
Luke Schenn
Somebody else
Free polls from

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Zach Bogosian highlights

It occurred to me today that perhaps many people don’t get to see highlights of these draft prospects we talk about so much. So I figured today would be a good opportunity to post some clips of these guys, and let you get a look at Zach Bogosian, Drew Doughty, Tyler Myers, Alex Pietrangelo, Luke Schenn and, yes, Nikita Filatov. We’ll start with Bogosian. Stick with it, for the end-to-end goal in the final minute.

Bogosian stats, info

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Draft rankings

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau has released its final rankings for the 2008 draft…

1. Guess who? Steven Stamkos, center, Sarnia (OHL)
2. Zach Bogosian, defenseman, Peterborough (OHL)
3. Drew Doughty, defenseman, Guelph (OHL)
4. Tyler Myers, defenseman, Kelowna (WHL)
5. Luke Schenn, defenseman, Kelowna (WHL)
6. Alex Pietrangelo, defenseman, Niagara (OHL)

The list of top North American players can be found here

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