So here they are:
He said he was surprised to be drafted at age 19; how uncommon is that?
It’s getting more and more common. Our co-director of amateur scouting, Mike Futa, the more he watched (Pelech), the more he liked him. His intangibles are off the charts.
He’s a toolbox – he’s got size, he can skate, has good hands. He projects as a power forward. He’s just got all kinds of physical attributes. He needs to upgrade his consistency. We want him to use his hands, power his way through guys, take straight lines — figure out what’s going to make him succeed.
How long does it usually take a player like King and Pelech to reach the NHL?
With both, it’s going to take some time. The odd guy steps in — Anze Kopitar stepped in right away — but they’re few and far between. Wayne Simmonds stepped in right away. Because they’re in the ECHL, they’ve got two steps to take, but we do view them as prospects. They’re probably looking at the two-to-three year range.