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2018 NHL Draft: Los Angeles Kings Select G Dávid Hrenák With 144th Pick

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Of course there’s a pick from the Kings’ unofficial farm team.

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships - Semifinals
The goaltender in this picture is not actually Dávid Hrenák. Sorry, cropped-out goalie,
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The St. Cloud-to-Los Angeles pipeline strikes again: Slovakian goaltender Dávid Hrenák is the Kings’ fifth round pick. Hrenák spent one season in the USHL with the Green Bay Gamblers, where he was one of the top goalies in the league. When he moved on to St. Cloud State, there was plenty of competition in net, but Hrenák came out on top, starting 25 games and finishing the season with a GAA of 2.11 and a .919 save percentage. He’s previously earned rookie of the month honors — in February 2018, when he was honored, Hrenák went 4-0-1; he also earned rookie of the week honors multiple times throughout the season. He was also a semifinalst for the Mike Richter Award, honoring the best goaltenders in men’s college hockey, in 2018.

For a Kings connection, it turns out that countryman Peter Budaj was one of the goalies that Hrenák looked up to as a younger player.

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Need To Know

  • Extensive international experience, shines in the spotlight
  • Earned the starter position with SCSU, taking the team all the way to the NCAA tournament
  • Quick to bounce back from disappointing games
  • After being passed up in the 2017 draft, his play this year with St. Cloud finally earned him attention

Ranking

HockeyProspect.com: 118

NHL Central Scouting (North American goalies): 12

Scouting Report

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