NHL Draft Grades 2014: Final Report Card for Every Team

The Picks

First round, 29th overall: C Adrian Kempe (Modo, Sweden)

Second round, 50th overall: D Roland McKeown (Kingston, OHL)

Second round, 60th overall: D Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa, OHL)

Third round, 90th overall: C Michael Amadio (North Bay, OHL)

Fourth round, 120th overall: D Steven Johnson (Omaha, USHL)

Fifth round, 150th overall: G Alec Dillon (Victoria, BCHL)

Sixth round, 157th overall: C Jake Marchment (Belleville, OHL)

Sixth round, 180th overall: LW Matthew Mistele (Plymouth, OHL)

Seventh round, 209th overall: RW Spencer Watson (Kingston, OHL)

Seventh round, 210th overall: D Jacob Middleton (Ottawa, OHL)

The Grade: A

The Bottom Line

Just on quantity alone, the Kings have an impressive haul from the 2014 draft. But they were shrewd, too.

Top pick Kempe is a big center who boasts power, skill and determination. He didn't put up flashy  offensive numbers overseas but was playing a smaller role against men much older. With time to develop his game, Kempe could become a key replacement as a second- or third-line center in the NHL.

Trading up to grab defenseman Roland McKeown in the second round was a strong move. He had first-round talent, and the Kings recognized what value he possessed at that spot and pounced.

“I love this kid," Central Scouting's David Gregory wrote on NHL.com. "He can play offensively and move the puck and has a bomb of a shot. When defending you, he presents himself as a big, strong and mobile guy. He'll push guys to the side; he's a legitimate top prospect.”

He trains in the offseason with Gary Roberts, and he may be close to making the jump to the NHL.

Every player picked seems to fit the Kings mold with a blend of size, toughness and reliability with a secondary focus on offensive production.

Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2112615-nhl-draft-grades-2014-final-report-card-for-every-team

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