Thursday, June 25, 2015

Drafts of the Past: The 3rd Rounds of the Lombardi Era

The 3rd round picks, Lombardi has made will go pretty quick.

74th pick: goalie Jeff Zatkoff
I guess Lombardi didn't trust his selection of Jonathan Bernier 11th overall this season? Zatkoff played a season in Ontario and 3 in Manchester but never got into a game with the Kings

86th pick: center/right wing Bud Holloway

Spent a season split between Ontario and Manchester and then two full seasons in Manchester. Scored 108 points in 153 games in those two seasons, but never got a call-up to the Kings. He split for Sweden with Oscar Moller and the two played together with Skelleftea AIK from 2011-12 to 2013-14. He played in Bern in the Swiss league last year.

82nd pick: center/right wing Bryan Cameron
Never made it into the Kings system, currently toiling in the ECHL with Alaska.

63rd pick: center Robert Czarnik

Spent 3 years in Manchester, but the Kings traded him to Montreal last season.

74th pick: defenseman Andrew Campbell
Spent 2008-2009 through 2012-13 with the Monarchs and finally got his chance with the Kings last season when he got into 3 games in the NHL. He is in the Coyotes' system now and played 33 games with the Desert Dogs this past season (and 40 with their AHL squad). 

88th pick: left wing Geordie Wudrick
Never made it into the Kings system. Split this past season between the ECHL and the SPHL.

84th pick: defenseman Nicolaus Deslauriers
A highly touted prospect who the Kings decided was not particularly good at defense and moved to the left wing because of the dearth of LW prospects in the system. The Kings traded him and Hudson Fasching to Buffalo for Brayden McNabb in March 2014. He played every game this past season with the Sabres, scoring 5 goals and 10 assists.

70th pick: center Jordan Weal
With 69 points in 73 games this season and 22 in 19 playoff games en route to the Calder Cup championship and playoff MVP honors, Jordan Weal has made a strong case for getting a serious shot at the Kings roster next season. I don't know if he can come up and make an impact anywhere near what Toffoli and Pearson have done in the last two years, but he is going to get a chance to be a top 6 winger in Los Angeles in 2015-16.

80th pick: center Andy Andreoff
Andreoff finally got his chance with the Kings this past season after two full seasons in Manchester. He didn't really impress with only 3 points in 18 games, spending most of the season in the press box, but he will probably be retained as a 4th line center going forward.

82nd pick: center Nick Shore
Shore will get a shot at Stoll's job next season, despite a rookie campaign almost as unimpressive as Andreoff's, 1 goal and 6 assist in 34 games, replacing Mike Richards. He did have 18 points in 19 playoff games with Manchester, helping them to their Calder Cup championship, but during that run he was obviously outshone by Jordan Weal.

2012- none
2013- none

90th pick: center Michael Amadio
Sent back to North Bay of the OHL, Amadio jumped from 38 points in 64 games his draft year to 71 in 68 this past season. I'm sure he'll get another year in junior before moving on to Manchester in 2016, but this kid looks like he may be one to look out for in a few years.

In total, Lombardi has taken 11 players in the 3rd round. Only 3 have ever skated with the Kings, 1 of whom played only 3 games, and none has even played the equivalent of a half season in an L.A. uniform yet or contributed to either of the Stanley Cup championships. Deslauriers proved a valuable asset in acquiring McNabb. Weal still looks like he is going to be a valuable member of the Kings and Amadio may well prove to be as well.

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