High atop the Kings shopping list for the 2013 NHL Draft was to fill the need for a scoring left winger.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi decided that player was not going to be around when their first pick - No. 57 overall - was called. So, as he has done in years past, Lombardi found a way to move up in the draft, this time packaging three picks (No. 57, 88 and 96) for Edmonton's selection at 37.
With the pick, the Kings selected 18-year-old Russian Valentin Zykov, who played last year in the Quebec Junior League and scored 40 goals and 75 points in 67 games en route to being named the CHL Rookie of the Year.
Offensive help was the focus for the Kings at this year's draft as five of their seven picks were forwards. The Kings, always seeking big bodies up front, drafted 6-foot-6 224-pound right winger Justin Auger with their second pick (4th round, 103 overall). Auger had 16 goals and 33 points in 35 games last year for Guelph (OHL).
The Kings traded away their final pick (7th round,...