The Kings traded their 57th, 88th, and 96th overall pick to the Edmonton Oilers, to move up to the 37th spot in round two. They simply could not wait that long for Zykov.
Mark Yannetti, the Kings' co-director of amateur scouting said that it was a hard deal to make and there were three to four calls made between the Oilers and the Kings to ensure the Kings could move up and not lose a chance at getting Zykov. With every pick they could have lost him. Yannetti said it wasn’t hard to get the Kings' general manager Dean Lombardi to go through with the scenario. Yannetti said it didn’t take a scout to see Zykov play and realize how talented he is.
The 18-year old Russian forward stands at 6-feet and 207 pounds. The left wing who is a right hand shot, said despite speaking with the Kings two-three times throughout the season, he was surprised they drafted him, but really happy they did.
The high scorer played 67 games with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 40 goals, having 35 assists, and ending with a total of 75 points. Zykov won the Canadian Hockey League’s, rookie-of-the -year honors as well. He says this season he improved on himself a lot and credits Baie-Comeau for being drafted by the Kings.
Zykov’s father died when he was 7, and at the age of 10 he moved away from the rest of his family to go after his hockey career in Russia.
Zykov said he did not want his mom to come to the draft because he didn’t want to stress her out, but one of his two older sisters was present.
TSN draft analyst Craig Button said "When you start to think about a team like the L.A. Kings that struggled to score at those timely moments, you get a guy like this. You need that one chance to score.”Tags: Draft, Edmonton Oilers, Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Valentin Zykov