Well, if you read any of our Draft Prediction articles heading into this weekend, the Kings goaltender selection in Round 3 should not have been a surprise. With the No. 87 pick, Los Angeles selected Czech netminder Lukas Parik.
Here’s some info you need to know:
Congrats to Czech goalie Lukas Parik on being drafted #87 overall by the LA Kings.
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) June 22, 2019
Flight arrangements are being made right now…
Look for goalie Lukas Parik to be at LA Kings Development Camp this week
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) June 22, 2019
Weight: 185 lbs.
Team: Liberec U20
32gp, 15-17-0, 2.85 GAA, .917 SV%
NHL Central Scouting
Parik (6-4, 185), who has a quick glove and good reactionary instincts, spent most of the season in the Czech Republic junior league, where he had a 2.85 GAA and .917 save percentage in 32 games. He finished with two wins in five games with a 3.54 GAA and .923 save percentage for sixth-place Czech Republic at the World U-18 Championship.
From the Draft Analyst
One of the most active goalies in this draft class, Parik is an energetic butterfly-style netminder who served as the Czechs’ primary starter for all but one of their major under-18 events. Outside of a few clunkers in international tournaments, Parik has an impressive pre-draft resume that includes split duty between Extraliga Juniors and the adult-age Chance Liga. He has shown the ability to handle a high-volume workload, even though the action near his crease always seems chaotic. Parik manages to control the madness, mostly by using quick reflexes and dedication towards maintaining total awareness of his net and the puck before (or behind) him. He’ll put his share of rebounds right into the thick of things, but the key for Parik is actually stopping the puck, and you rarely see him out of position from falling asleep or guessing incorrectly.
Another consideration for Parik’s rebound control is his willingness to fight hard through screens while staying upright and covering the upper half with proper glove and blocker positioning. Parik uses the VH frequently, mostly because he stays on his pads once the puck moves below the circles. His reads during odd-man rushes are generally sound, and it’s the only situation when he will venture well beyond the top of the crease to play the shot from either circle. Parik also is an excellent stickhandler who is confident with the puck and is good for a stretch pass or two per game.
An athletic netminder with ideal size for the modern game, had a solid year in the Czech U19 league and then almost single-handedly kept the Czechs in some games at the WU18 tournament… Parik impressed with his play reading, flexibility and lateral movement at the IIHF U18 World Championship. He carried a heavy workload but was able to hold his game together and make some critical saves.
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