Although it was a surprise to spend their first pick on a goaltender, the draft went as expected for Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings only made one trade today but, unfortunately for fans, it had nothing to do with Ryan Smyth or any player for that matter. The Kings had traded their sixth-round pick and a third-round in next year's draft to the Nashville Predators in exchange for their third-round pick today (82nd overall).
With that pick, the Kings selected Nick Shore, a center out of the University of Denver. As for their first selection (49th overall), the Kings selected Christopher Gibson but, although he is a great-looking prospect, it's unsure why the Kings chose a goaltender first given just how the deep the organization is in said position.
One position the Kings could use more depth in is the left wing position and with that, they decided to draft three of them: Michael Mersch, Joel Lowry and Michael Schumacher.
Overall, it was a good, productive day for the Los Angeles Kings. They picked up a goaltender, the aforementioned three left-wingers and two centers.
Here are the list of Kings' draft picks in order:
Round 2, #49: Christopher Gibson, G (Chicoutimi, QMJHL)
Round 3, #80: Andy Andreoff, C (Oshawa, OHL)
Round 3, #82: Nick Shore, C (University of Denver, NCAA)
Round 4, #110: Michael Mersch, LW (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)
Round 5, #140: Joel Lowry, LW (Victoria, BCHL)
Round 7, #200: Michael Schumacher, LW (Frolunda HC, Sweden)