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Kings Pick Four; Make Three Deals

First three Kings picks ranked in NHL Central Scouting's Top-30 Derek Forbort (9th), Tyler Toffoli (16th) and Jordan Weal (30th)

Saturday, 06.26.2010 / 1:57 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings Pick Four; Make Three Deals
Center Tyler Toffoli was the first of four players selected by the Los Angeles Kings (second-round, 47th overall) in today’s second and final day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, hosted by the Kings at STAPLES Center.

The Kings then selected center Jordan Weal in the third round (70th) overall, giving Los Angeles three of the top 30 players in the final rankings of NHL Central Scouting. Toffoli was ranked 16th, Weal was ranked 30th and Derek Forbort (selected last night as the 15th overall selection) was ranked ninth.

“You have to put it all together and we’re ecstatic,” said Kings Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Michael Futa from the draft floor at STAPLES Center. “Yesterday Dean Lombardi talked about how much work goes in with getting people and the defenseman we took yesterday [Derek Forbort] was far ahead of where we picked him.”

The Kings originally held the 49th overall pick, but traded that selection (along with the 109th overall pick) to Colorado for the 47th overall selection (Tyler Toffoli).

Toffoli, 18, played the last two seasons for the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League. In 65 regular season games in 2009-10, he had 79 points (37-42=79) and 54 penalty minutes. His 79 points was tied for 17th in the league, while his 37 goals was tied for 14th. In 12 playoff games, the 6-0, 178-pound native of Toronto, Ontario recorded 13 points (7-6=13) and 10 penalty minutes. Toffoli also participated in the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic and recorded five assists in the game.

In 2008-09 he recorded 46 points (17-29=46) and 16 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games and eight points (2-6=8) and four penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He finished 12th in rookie scoring and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team. Toffoli also earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka tournament, finishing second in team scoring (3-5=8) in four games.

“It was an amazing feeling," Toffoli said of being drafted. "Hearing everybody else’s name today, it was tough, but I knew I was eventually going to get picked. Coming to Los Angeles, I’m really excited and I’ve been hearing a lot about it.”

Said Futa, “We are going to have to wait and see how things play out with the kid. With the development team we have and the program that Dean Lombardi has put together, this kid is tailor-made to come into our system.”

In the third round the Kings selected Jordan Weal (70th overall). Weal, 18, played parts of the last three seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. In 72 games in 2009-10, he had 102 points (35-67=102) and 54 penalty minutes. His 102 points was third in the WHL, while his 67 assists ranked second and 35 goals were tied for 20th. Weal, who turned 18 on April 15, was the first 17-year-old to surpass 100 points in more than a decade in the WHL. He is only the fifth player in major junior hockey in the last 10 years to record 100 points in his second season on junior eligibility.

The 5-10, 162-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan recorded 70 points (16-54=70) and 26 penalty minutes in 65 games en route to being named a finalist for the 2009 WHL Rookie of the Year Award. Weal earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2009 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and represented Canada at the 2010 U-18 World Championships.

In the fifth round the Kings selected defenseman Kevin Gravel (148th overall). Gravel spent the 2009-10 season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. In 53 games he recorded six points (3-3=6) and 36 penalty minutes and participated in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game. In 2008-09 the 6-4, the 185-pound native of Marquette, Mich. played with the Marquette Rangers of the North American Hockey League, recording 14 points (3-11=14) and 29 penalty minutes in 58 games. Gravel was a member of Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

"I didn’t get too worried about the numbers and stuff," Weal said of his wait on Draft day. "I knew I was going to go to a team, and I’m going to go to a team and show them I can play and show them I can be a key part of the organization."

In the fifth round the Kings selected defenseman Kevin Gravel (148th overall). Gravel spent the 2009-10 season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. In 53 games he recorded six points (3-3=6) and 36 penalty minutes and participated in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game. In 2008-09 the 6-4, the 185-pound native of Marquette, Mich. played with the Marquette Rangers of the North American Hockey League, recording 14 points (3-11=14) and 29 penalty minutes in 58 games. Gravel was a member of Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

In the sixth round the Kings selected left-winger Maxim Kitsyn (158th overall). Los Angeles received the 158th overall selection from Atlanta in exchange for the 169th and 199th overall picks.

Kitsyn, 18, spent the last two seasons playing for the Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. In 21 games in 2009-10 Kitsyn recorded two points (1-1=2) and 12 penalty minutes. In 2008-09 he recorded seven points (5-2=7) and 26 penalty minutes in 31 games. The 6-2, 194-pound native of Novokuznetsk, Russia represented his native country at the 2010 World Junior Championships, recording three assists in six games. He earned a silver medal for Russia at the 2009 World U-18 Championships, recording eight points (4-4=8) in seven games. Kitsyn also represented Russia at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Among European skaters, NHL Central Scouting ranked Kitsyn sixth.

Click here for the Kings 2010 Draft Picks.



Last night the Kings selected Forbort (defenseman) in the first round (15th overall). Forbort, 18, played the last two seasons in the U.S. National Development Program and was the highest rated USHL skater in the final rankings of NHL Central Scouting.

Kings Trade Tracker:
Last night:
-Kings trade 19th and 59th overall picks to Florida for 15th overall pick

Today:
-Kings trade 49th and 109th overall picks to Colorado for 47th overall pick
-Kings trade 79th overall pick to Toronto for a third-round selection in 2012 NHL Entry Draft
-Kings trade 169th and 199th overall picks to Atlanta for 158th overall pick