Warriors skater King awaiting NHL draft

Westside Warriors defenceman Michael King is listed by NHL Central Scouting heading into this weekend
Westside Warriors defenceman Michael King is listed by NHL Central Scouting heading into this weekend's draft
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Westside Warriors defenseman Michael King is hoping to become the third Warriors player selected in the NHL Entry Draft.

A 6-foot-5 defenceman from Prince George, King was ranked 126th overall in the final NHL Central Scouting Rankings and could be drafted this weekend at the annual NHL Entry Draft which takes place Friday night (first round) and Saturday in Minnesota.

That projects King as a potential fifth round selection but the lanky blueliner says he is heading into the weekend with anĀ  open mind.

"It always would be nice to get drafted, but at the same time if I don't, it's not really that big of a deal," King told the Prince George Free Press. "There's always next year to prove yourself again or even if you don't get drafted at all, and then you go into college as a free agent, that's always good too. It just gives you some more options. You're not restricted to one team."

King is already committed to NCAA school Colorado College beginning in the 2012-13 season, meaning he will be back in Westside this fall when the BCHL season gets going.

If drafted he would join former Warriors Justin Schultz (43rd overall/2008) and Cam Reid (192nd overall/2009) as draft picks from Westside.

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