Welcome the Draft Class of 2014 to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings drafted 7 players today, 1 player yesterday. It’s a bittersweet happiness for me about these players getting drafted. A few might go back to their junior teams to better their skills before they move up to the AHL or NHL. A few might go straight to the AHL. Depends on what type of contract they sign. I highly doubt any of them will go straight to the NHL. It’s extremely difficult to go straight to the NHL right after you get drafted. Usually guys who get drafted and go straight to the NHL at at least Top Five guys.
But the reason why it’s a bittersweet happiness for me is that even if any of these play for the Kings AHL team the Manchester Monarchs, us Monarchs fans will most likely only get to see them for one season. Some of the teams on the west coast have been discussing for years about moving teams on the east to the west. And that time has finally come. The move could happen before the 2015-2016 season but we don’t know definitely just yet. Some of the AHL teams who could possibly move out west are Norfolk (Anaheim), Adirondack (Calgary), Lake Erie (Colorado), Oklahoma City (Edmonton), Portland (Phoenix), Worcester (San Jose), Utica (Vancouver) and….Manchester (Los Angeles).
I’m quite still upset about this even though we got the news two months ago. One because they’re my favorite team for ten years. I’ve put in a lot of love and support into this team. My tumblr hockey fans will know how I’m feeling (you eat, sleep, breathe with your team). And two, they’ve been telling fans (every time the rumors came up) that no the team wasn’t going to move. And now out of nowhere they’re being moved. Okay maybe not out of nowhere but we were always put at ease when the rumors always arose.
Okay, okay enough ramblings. I haven’t talked about my other NHL team, the Boston Bruins.
|ROUND||PICK||OVERALL||TEAM||PLAYER||POS||COUNTRY||HT||WT||AMATEUR LEAGUE||AMATEUR TEAM|
||DAVID PASTRNAK||R||CZE||6′ 0″||167||SWEDEN-2||SODERTALJE|
||RYAN DONATO||C||USA||6′ 0″||174||HIGH-MA||DEXTER SCHOOL|
||DANTON HEINEN||C/LW||CAN||6′ 0″||165||BCHL||SURREY|
||ANDERS BJORK||L||USA||5′ 11″||182||USHL||USA U-18|
||EMIL JOHANSSON||D||SWE||5′ 11″||194||SWEDEN-JR.||HV 71 JR.|
(from the Boston Bruins website)
The Bruins drafted five players total during the two days. I’m quite excited about these draft picks. Hopefully I can go to Rookie camp next month. (fingers crossed because I’ve only been able to go to one camp). I’m quite surprised that the Bruins didn’t draft a goalie but with five picks, it was kinda difficult to decide what position we needed the most. I’m only surprised that the Bruins didn’t draft a goalie because it seems like the back up for Tuukka Rask is going to change every year. Seeing as how since Tuukka became a starting goalie, they don’t keep the same back up for him for long. Anton Khudobin was his back up for two years. Marty Turco was only for a few months in 2011-2012. But he retired soon after. Then after this current season ended, they didn’t resign Chad Johnson and are looking to have Niklas Svedberg as Tuukka’s back up. For now anyways (that could change during free agency). Which will be an experience seeing as how everyone still use the stereotype of Fins dislike Swedes and Swedes dislike Fins. But I think these guys will do okay together.
Interesting facts for the Bruins draft picks, David Pastrnak’s favorite player could one day be his teammate…David Krejci. That depends on if Pastrnak plays for Boston and if the Bruins keep Krejci. Because the rumor mill for the past 3 years have always stated that they should get rid of Krejci. I never believe the rumor mill because I swear it’s a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Let’s get rid of one of our best players. I love when they say we should trade Krejci because that’s when he starts scoring like crazy. So keep it up rumor mill. Just please Peter Chiarelli, don’t actually listen to them.
Incase you didn’t know, the Bruins second draft pick Ryan Donato (56th overall) is the son of former Bruin Ted Donato who was drafted in 1987. I had no idea until I saw on instagram. He played before I got into hockey. And I just checked Ted out on Wikipedia, he even played for the Kings & Monarchs! What a small world!
Unfortunately I don’t have any interesting facts for the other three draftees. Sorry boys. For a full run down on every draftee for this year, you can check them out here at the NHL’s official website. I’d love to post them all but that would make this blog post really long. After all, 210 players were drafted.
Below are every player/pick trade that has happened since the beginning of June thanks to CBS Sports.
|LIGHTNING GET:||ISLANDERS GET:|
|185th pick||200th pick
2015 seventh-round pick
|SENATORS GET:||JETS GET:|
|189th pick||2015 sixth-round pick|
|CAPITALS GET:||JETS GET:|
|G Edward Pasquale
2015 seventh-round pick
|LIGHTNING GET:||RANGERS GET:|
|119th pick||140th pick
|FLAMES GET:||BLACKHAWKS GET:|
|Brandon Bollig||83rd pick|
|MAPLE LEAFS GET:||BLUES GET:|
|Roman Polak||Carl Gunnarson
94th overall pick
|BLUE JACKETS GET:||RED WINGS GET:|
|76th overall pick
Third-round pick in 2015
|63rd overall pick|
|SHARKS GET:||PREDATORS GET:|
|72nd overall pick
102nd overall pick
|62nd overall pick|
|KINGS GET:||CANUCKS GET:|
|50th overall pick||Linden Vey|
|PREDATORS GET:||SHARKS GET:|
|51st overall pick in 2014
4th round pick in 2015
|46th overall pick in 2014|
|SABRES GET:||CAPITALS GET:|
|44th and 74th overall picks||39th overall pick|
|ISLANDERS GET:||LIGHTNING GET:|
|28th overall pick||35th overall pick
57th overall pick
|BLACKHAWKS GET:||SHARKS GET:|
|20th overall pick
179 overall pick
|27th overall pick
62nd overall pick
|PENGUINS GET:||PREDATORS GET:|
|F Patric Hornqvist
F Nick Spaling
|F James Neal|
|LIGHTNING GET:||CANUCKS GET:|
|D Jason Garrison
F Jeff Costello’s rights
2015 seventh-round pick
|2014 second-round pick (No. 50 overall)|
|DUCKS GET:||CANUCKS GET:|
|C Ryan Kesler||F Nick Bonino
D Luca Sbisa
2014 first-round pick (24th overall)
2014 third-round pick (85th overall)
|RANGERS GET:||CANUCKS GET:|
|2014 third-round pick (85th overall from Anaheim)||F Derek Dorsett|
|OILERS GET:||BLUE JACKETS GET:|
|D Nikita Nikitin’s rights||2014 fifth-round pick|
|FLYERS GET:||BLUE JACKETS GET:|
|F R.J. Umberger
2015 fourth-round pick
|F Scott Hartnell|
|ISLANDERS GET:||SHARKS GET:|
|D Dan Boyle’s rights||2014 fifth-round pick|
I’m bummed out that I’ll no longer be seeing Linden Vey score goals at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Monarchs home arena). He’s a good kid and a pretty good scorer. I just don’t think he progressed as much as the Kings hoped for. I just wish he could have played in some games during playoffs with the Kings to get that experience. Best of luck with Vancouver/Utica. Hopefully you’ll get your name on the Stanely Cup one day.
Free agency begins on July 1st. I’m extremely nervous. I don’t know who are free agents from my teams. Who my teams will resign…who will sign with an opponent of whom I don’t like. I definitely don’t like not knowing these things. Thankfully the Kings already resigned Marion Gaborik, so that’s a sigh of relief. I really liked him during playoffs. The Kings definitely need a player like him. I really hope the Bruins can lock down Jarome Iginla. The Bruins definitely need to keep him and it would be insane not to resign him.
I’ll be back with what happens once free agency begins. Depending on what happens will decide on when I’ll make the next sports post. This is only going in the sports category, not Friday. Seeing as how it’s not Friday. Lol.