NOW ITS OFFICIALLY A NHL DRAFT RT @BroadStHockey: Flyers trade No. 99 to Los Angeles for Pick 104 and LA’s 6th rounder next year.— The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) June 27, 2015
With just their third pick of the draft, the Los Angeles Kings picked Austin Wagner from the Regina Pats.
Here's what they're saying about the 6'2" winger!
Fantastic value for the LAK to get Wagner 99th. Absolutely elite speed. Hands a work in progress. Tireless worker. pic.twitter.com/5AMKqcUjEl— Cody Nickolet (@DubFromAbove) June 27, 2015
Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting:
"He's a beautiful skater; some say the fastest in the Draft. He's so tough to play against when his team is shorthanded."
Top Shelf Prospects:
After being a fifth round pick in the 2012 WHL Draft, Calgary native Austin Wagner struggled in his rookie season with the Regina Pats, putting up just one goal and two points in 42 games as a 16 year old. However he came out of the gate strong in 2014-15 and finished with 20 goals and 39 points in 61 games in his draft year. Best of all, 15 of those 20 goals came at even strength, as he didn’t get a lot of powerplay time early in the year, before forcing his way onto the special teams unit.
Very impressed with his size and skating. Big body who looks bigger than he’s listed. Dangerous every shift due to his speed. Has some grease to his game and has the ability to get under opponents skin.