Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov

Kings GM Dean Lombardi had to wait over three hours to make his first pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, but he’s finally in on the fun.

As we predicted, he traded up from late in the second round to get into the top 40 overall (and the top 10 of the second round).  To do so, Lombardi sent three of the Kings’ ten picks (numbers 57, 88 and 96) to Edmonton for the 37th overall selection.

Then, at the heavy urging of his crew, Lombardi took Valentin Zykov, a 6-foot-1 winger from Russia. Scouts peg him as a potential future power forward. Last year he played for Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL and posted 75 points (40 goals and 35 assists) in 60 games. He was also a plus-29 during the regular season.

In the playoffs Zykov had 10 goals and 19 points in 19 games, where his team made it all the way to the league finals before being eliminated by Halifax Mooseheads.

Zykov was named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and the CHL Rookie of the Year, as the best newbie in all of junior hockey.

Past winners of the CHL Rookie crown include Sidney Crosby (2004), John Tavares (2006), Patrick Kane (2007), Taylor Hall (2008) and Nail Yakupov (2011).

Part of Corey Pronman’s book on him for Hockey Prospectus noted:

“He is a skilled player, showing nice touch with the puck. He is able to make plays in tight spaces, flashing high-end skill at times. He can distribute the puck at a quality level, showing quick decision-making, with good offensive instincts. Zykov’s intriguing element is his physicality…Zykov could be a great second line winger.”

Top Shelf Prospects had this to say about him:

“He goes to the net very hard and knows what to do when he gets there. He has great hands in tight and can make slick moves, tip in shots, or bury rebounds. A natural goal scorer Zykov also has a strong wrist shot and quick release. Zykov also works extremely hard in the corners, winning board battles, and playing a gritty, physical game. Zykov is very strong on the puck and protects it extremely well in the cycle game.”

Video profile:

Tomas Hyka, a Kings draft pick from 2012, had this to share when we asked what it was like to play against the rugged forward: “He is really good, that kid. Skill level is high and he has good vision on the ice. Works hared too. Can’t wait to see him at camp next week get to know him more.”

As of this post, Lombardi and LA still have seven more picks to work with today. See the full story at the link below.

RELATED CONTENT:

What to expect from the LA Kings at the 2013 NHL Draft

Info on LA Kings 4th Round Pick: Justin Auger

Info on LA Kings 4th Round Pick: Hudson Fasching

Third time’s the charm for Kings 5th rd pick, Jonny Brodzinski

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Matthew Boldy, USA Forward

While much of the NHL Draft talk in recent months has focused on a small handful of names at the top of the first round, there is still a profusion of heavy lifting put in by every club’s scouting staff in an effort to be best prepared for the long weekend. Holding two picks among […]

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Alex Turcotte, USA Center

Even with two selections currently slated for the first round, make no mistake about it – the 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be one of the most important weekends in recent memory for the LA Kings. There will be little room for error, considering the retooling GM Rob Blake and staff have begun with the […]

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Dylan Cozens, WHL Center

The hockey season ended far too early for the LA Kings, and the five-week anticipation of the NHL Draft feels like forever.
However, with the league’s 31 member teams knee-deep in their due diligence, this remains a peak preparation period for next month’s big event. Top 2019 draft eligible prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are […]

Major News Items

Petersen Reacts to Being Named LA Kings No. 1 Prospect

It’s often been said that each player to make the NHL comes with his own unique story. And if you’re looking for something a little non-traditional, goaltender Cal Petersen certainly checks several boxes. Among the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. scooter says:

    thanks Mayor – once again you scoop the Insider who is probably in line waiting for a hot dog and nachos.

  2. flutie16 says:

    Pierre tweeted this. They have got to unload some money if true. I hear Scuderi’s wife doesn’t like mexican food. Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 56m

    There’s been progress in talks between Rob Scuderi and LA Kings this weekend. But still work to be done. Still not a slam dunk

Trackbacks

  1. […] Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov […]

  2. […] Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov […]

  3. […] Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov […]

  4. […] Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov […]

  5. […] (82nd overall) in 2011 #60 – Jordan Weal – third round (70th overall) in 2010 ### – Valentin Zykov – second round (37th overall) in […]

  6. […] (47th overall) in 2010 #60 – Jordan Weal – third round (70th overall) in 2010 ### – Valentin Zykov – second round (37th overall) in […]

  7. […] (96th overall) in 2009 #60 – Jordan Weal – third round (70th overall) in 2010 #38 – Valentin Zykov – second round (37th overall) in […]

  8. […] Info on LA Kings 2nd Round Pick: Valentin Zykov […]