PHILADELPHIA - They haven't had a first-round selection since 2012 when they took Tanner Pearson at No. 30, but the Los Angeles Kings entered the 2014 NHL Draft with the No. 29 pick and with that, they chose forward Adrian Kempe from Modo (Sweden).
Kempe, a native of Kramfors, Sweden, is known as an aggressive power forward. He loves driving to the net to score and certainly isn't afraid to fight a crowd for the loose puck.
At 6'2, 187 pounds, Kempe has respectable size and plays with a great deal of intensity while rarely taking shifts off.
On the downside, Kempe only scored five goals and six assists in 45 games last season. But for a veteran-laden (and successful) team like Modo, the 17-year-old Kempe did play a limited role. His tenure with Modo, however, may prove to be a big advantage as the forward has already proven that he can play with the big boys, so to speak. Of course, Kings' GM Dean Lombardi is known for patiently developing his players and since Kempe will turn just 18 in September, chances are that the Swedish youngster will have to be patient if he hopes to play in the NHL soon.
Adrian Kempe possesses a heavy shot, is able to use his strength to his advantage and is known to be tenacious on the forecheck.
Overall, a great choice by the Los Angeles Kings at No. 29. We hope to see Adrian Kempe will the big club in the very near future.