Kings Make 10 Total Selections At The 2014 NHL Draft
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings made 10 total selections – including nine today in rounds two through seven – at the 2014 NHL Draft hosted by Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The 10 selections tied St. Louis for the most selections in the draft.
The Kings opened Day two of the draft by trading center Linden Vey to Vancouver for the 50th overall selection in the second round, and with that pick the Kings drafted defenseman Roland McKeown from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-0, 195-pound McKeown is an 18-year-old (born on January 20, 1996), and a native of Listowel, Ontario. McKeown, who ranked 27th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings, finished the 2013-14 regular season with 43 points (11-32=43) in 62 regular season games for Kingston and also had a team-high plus-38 rating. He added an additional four points (1-3=4), eight penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in seven playoffs games with the Frotenacs. An OHL All-Rookie First Team selection in 2012-13, McKeown led all first year blue-liners with 29 points (7-22=29) in 61 regular season games that season. He’s also a two-time gold medalist internationally, winning with Team Canada at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 0-1=1, 2 PIM) and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (5 GP, 0-1=1, 6 PIM). He served as captain for Canada at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships.
Vey, who made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 2013-14 season, collected five points (0-5=5) and no penalty minutes in 18 regular season games with the Kings. He was originally selected by LA in the fourth round (96th overall) at the 2009 NHL Draft.
The Kings next selected defenseman Alex Lintuniemi from Ottawa of the OHL in the second round (60th overall). Lintuniemi, a 6-2, 187-pound 18-year old (born on September 23, 1995) who calls Helsinki, Finland his home, collected 21 points (4-17=21) and 26 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games with the 67’s this past season. In 2012-13, he played in Finland for both Jockerit Junior (38 GP, 4-10=14, 76 PIM; Finland-Jr.) and Kiekko-Vantaa (11 GP, 1-2=3, 6 PIM; Finland-2). He captained the Jockerit Junior team. Also in 2012-13, he represented Finland at the World Junior Under-18 Championships (7 GP, 0-2=2, 8 PIM), the Ivan Hlinka Memorial (4 GP, 0-1=1, 4 PIM) and he also suited up for Finland’s Under 18 Junior team (12 GP, 1-2=3, 6 PIM).
In the third round, the Kings selected center Michael Amadio with the 90th overall pick. Amadio, a 6-1, 190-pounder from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, collected 38 points (12-26=38) and 14 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games with the North Bay Battalion of the OHL. The 18-year-old (born on May 13, 1996) added another nine points (4-5=9) and two penalty minutes in 22 postseason games this past season.
The Kings selected defenseman Steven Johnson of Excelsior, Minnesota in the fourth round (120th overall). The 6-0, 185-pound blue-liner – who turned 20 years-old yesterday (born on June 27, 1994) – recorded 31 points (5-26=31) and six penalty minutes in 56 regular season games with Omaha of the USHL this past season. He added another two points (0-2=2) in four playoff games for the Lancers, and he also represented Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge, a tournament hosted annually by Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League and the International Ice Hockey Federation. Johnson and Team USA won the gold medal at last year’s tournament, with Johnson collecting two points (0-2=2) and six penalty minutes in four games of action.
The Kings next selected goalie Alec Dillon in the fifth round (150th overall). Dillon, a 6-5, 168-pound 18-year-old (born on May 5, 1996) from Nanaimo, British Columbia had a final ranking of 13th by Central Scouting among North American Goaltenders. In 33 regular season games with Victoria of the BCHL last season, he posted a 2.76 goals-against average and a .910 save-percentage. He also had a 2.56 goal-against average and a .908 save-percentage in nine playoff games with the Grizzlies.
The Kings made two selections in the sixth round, first drafting center Jake Marchment with the 157th overall selection. Marchment, a 6-3, 201-pound 19-year-old (born May 20, 1995) from Ajax, Ontario recorded 32 points (10-22=32) and 53 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Marchment joins his uncle Bryan Marchment, who was selected 16th overall by Winnipeg in the 1987 NHL Draft and played 926 career NHL regular season games as a defenseman with Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Edmonton, Hartford, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Winnipeg.
Next the Kings drafted left wing Matt Mistele with the 180th overall selection. Mistele, a 6-2, 183-pound 18-year-old (born October 17, 1995) from Whitby, Ontario finished with 37 points (18-19=37) and 59 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with Plymouth of the OHL. He also had two points (0-2=2) in five playoff games with the Whalers this past season.
The Kings finished off the 2014 NHL Draft by making the final two selections of the draft in the seventh round. They drafted right wing Spencer Watson from Kingston of the OHL with the 209th overall selection, and defenseman Jacob Middleton from Ottawa of the OHL with the 210th overall selection.
Watson, a 5-10, 155-pound 18-year-old (born on April 25, 1996) from London, Ontario, tallied 68 points (33-35=68) in 65 regular season games this past season, and he was the leading scorer at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, compiling 10 points (4-6=10) in five games – including three assists in Canada’s 4-0 win over the U.S. in the gold medal game. At the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, he finished third among Team Ontario players with seven points (5-2=7) in five games. He also added five points (1-4=5) and no penalty minutes in seven postseason games with the Frontenacs. Also noteworthy, Watson is two minutes older than his twin brother Matthew Watson, a defenseman on the Kingston blue line.
Middleton, a 6-3, 194-pound 18-year-old blue-liner (born January 2, 1996) from Wainwright, Alberta collected 23 points (2-21=23) and 64 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games with the 67’s, and at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, he appeared in five games while skating on the same team with newly drafted Kings Roland McKeown and Spencer Watson (5 GP, 1-1=2, 16 PIM).
The Kings opened the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday night by selecting forward Adrian Kempe in the first round (29th overall). Kempe, a 6-1, 178-pound prospect who will turn 18 in September (born on September 13, 1996), posted 19 points (3-16=19) in 20 regular season games and was an assistant captain with MODO’s Under-20 team before joining the club’s senior team in the Swedish Hockey League where he posted 11 points (5-6=11) in 45 regular season contests. He also participated in the playoffs for MODO (2 GP, 0-1=1, 0 PIM; SHL), MODO Junior-20 (5 GP, 1-1=2, 6 PIM; SuperElit) and MODO Junior-18 (4 GP, 5-3=8, 6 PIM; Jr.-18 Allsvenskan), and he played internationally for Sweden at the World Junior Under-18 Championships (7 GP, 1-6=7 ,16 PIM) and on the Swedish Under-18 International Junior team (16 GP, 7-8=15, 26 PIM). Kempe was born in Kramfors, Sweden and now calls Ornskoldsvik, Sweden his home.
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