PHILADELPHIA - With their third pick (60th overall), the Los Angeles Kings took defenseman Alex Lintuniemi from the OHL's Ottawa 67's.
At 6' 3, 227 pounds, Lintuniemi meets the size requirements that GM Dean Lombardi and his scouting staff like. But according to a scouting report given in November 2013, the native of Helsinki, Finland, has some inconsistency issues and is not the stronger skater. However, Lintuniemi did just wrap up his first season of junior hockey on this side of the pond. With the 67's, the defenseman played for a rebuilding team and as a result, had his share of difficulties.
In 68 games with the 67's this past season, Lintuniemi scored four goals and 17 assists while amassing a not-so-impressive -38 rating. The big man does have plenty of upside, however.
Lintuniemi is a strong, two-way defenseman who can use his size to defend, has great puck-handling skills and can make a strong outlet pass.
Turning 19 in September, Alex Lintuniemi may still benefit from some more time in junior before making the jump to Los Angeles. But until then, we look forward to seeing the youngster develop.