With the No. 128 pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Kings selected Martin Chromiak.
For now, this is what you need to know…
Chromiak has a high level hockey sense. Came over to North America last season, midyear, and was good for more than a point-per-gane. Slightly above average skater. — Yannetti
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 7, 2020
Quality, opportunistic pick for LA taking Martin Chromiak in the 5th round at pick 128. Put up good numbers after coming over to the OHL last season in a small sample size. Could be a sleeper pick; he should have a good year in Kingston once the OHL gets going.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 7, 2020
Los Angeles gets Martin Chromiak.
A scout: "He’s a smart, offensive player. From the offensive blueline on down, he is money. His skating is better than some give him credit for, his small-area game is outstanding, he has good core strength. There’s lots to like.” pic.twitter.com/84fdpbuWcp
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 7, 2020
Weight: 181 lbs.
Team: Kingston Frontenacs
Position: Left Wing
2019-20 Season: 28 GP, 11 G, 22 A, 33 Pts
Hlinka Gretzky Cup: 4 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 Pts
Awards for 2019-20 Season
OHL Second All-Rookie Team
From The Draft Analyst
An excellent playmaker with 360-degree vision, Chromiak knows how to deliver the puck both accurately and timely. He makes the best of most situations knows how to maximize time and space if a defense is being stingy. Once he got to Kingston and joined Wright, however, the ice seemed to have expanded ten-fold for him. Still, he’s pretty low maintenance and although the knee-jerk reaction is to label him a product of Wright, the truth is that Chromiak already had an established reputation as a line driver and top player, thus using his own vision, quickness, and stickhandling to create for himself and others.
From Future Considerations
In the offensive zone, Chromiak is a threat all over the ice. His skating is a strength as he can pull away from defenders in space and does a good job of being able to stop-and-start while changing speeds to help create space for himself and his teammates. Often drawing the attention of the opponent, he not only is patient with the puck but can serve as a useful decoy as well.
From Hockey Prospect
Chromiak is a cerebral, duel-threat winger. His bread and butter is his release. This is a gifted crop of shooters, and Chromiak adds to that pedigree of having a wrist-shot that translates to the NHL level. Mechanically, he features fantastic outside and inside footwork, proper rotation through his hips and shoulders, and an excellent, yet consistent extension on his release. These shooting attributes seamlessly transfer from his lower-half to his upper-half in one fluid motion, making it difficult to pick up on the speed of his release. He’s one of the more consistent shooters when breaking down the versatility of his shot types. His snapshot has fluidity as he drops into his shooting motion, he also has a reduced wind up and dexterity featured through his slapshot. He’s one of the few shooters who can threaten at low percentage angles, yet find success.