A Review of the Los Angeles Kings' 2023 Draft Class

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The Los Angeles Kings made the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs for the second consecutive year in 2022-23, finishing the regular season with its most points (104) since the 1974-75 season. While the Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs, it looked to build toward the future at the 2023 NHL Draft, through which it added five players to its organization.

The Kings were without its first-round pick in the seven-round draft after trading it to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a package for defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. The Kings re-signed Gavrikov to a two-year, $11.75 million extension on June 7, three weeks before the draft. Columbus traded the Kings' first-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers, which selected defenseman Oliver Bonk.

With its first pick, 54th overall in the second round, Los Angeles selected Czech defenseman Jakub Dvorak. Regarded as a shutdown left-side defender, Dvork is a solid addition to a Kings' prospect pool largely made up of offensive-minded defensemen. The 6-foot-5, 209-pound defender recorded just two assists in 24 games with Bílí Tygři Liberec HC of Czech Extraliga, the top professional league in Czechia.

Dvorak has also represented Czechia on the international stage dating back to the 2021-22 season when he recorded five points in seven games with the U-17 team and played six games for the U-18 team in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 Men's World Championships. Dvorak captained Czechia at the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championships.

The Kings drafted Canadian forward Koehn Ziemmer with its next pick in the third round. A native of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Ziemmer scored 41 goals and added 48 assists for 89 points in 68 games with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2022-23. He had 57 points in 68 games with Prince George the previous year. While there are some concerns about his skating, the 6-foot, 202-pound right winger has a great shot and doesn't mind playing a physical style of hockey. The Kings blog Hockey Royalty gave the selection of Ziemmer an 'A' grade.

Los Angeles selected American goaltender Hampton Slukynsky with its fourth-round pick. Slukynsky had a dominant season as a senior at Warroad High School in Minnesota, posting a 28-1-1 record, a 1.47 goals-against average, and a .941 save percentage. He had the most wins among all Minnesota high school goaltenders and ranked second with nine shutouts. He was a member of the gold-medal-winning US team at the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship and will play college hockey in 2023-24 with Northern Michigan University.

The Kings added another defenseman, Matthew Mania, with its fifth-round pick, 150th overall. An 18-year-old native of Olmsted, Ohio, Mania recorded 38 points in 67 regular season games with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2022-23. Mania was a projected top-100 pick prior to the draft.

The Kings drafted right winger Ryan Conmy with its final selection in the draft, 182nd overall in the sixth round. A 5-foot-10, 188-pound native of Alexandria, Virginia, Conmy recorded 62 points in 60 regular season games with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2022-23. Conmy also played defense at times during the end of the season. He is committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2023-24 season.