Although the Kings have 10 selections in the draft, they won’t be making their first pick until the 57th selection of round two. Due to the trading of Jack Johnson to Columbus for Jeff Carter last year, the Kings do not have a first round draft selection this year.
It will be a few hours before the Kings general manager Dean Lombardi gets his chance to walk up to the podium and announce which young player will have the opportunity to wear the black and white jersey.
Even though all the top prospects will be drafted by the time the Kings turn rolls around, Kings history shows that the best players are not always drafted from the top. For example, current business of operations president and Kings Hall of Famer, Luc Robitaille was drafted in the 9thround as the 171stoverall pick.
Lombardi has overseen seven drafts, all starting in 2006 a few months after being named the general manager. In the past, Lombardi has shown a willingness to package a set of picks for the opportunity to move up in the draft. He could also acquire multiple picks from another team in exchange for dropping down in the same round. Lombardi is also known for going off the board so if he sees something he likes he may make a big move.
Most likely Lombardi will start the day with one pick in the second round, one in the third, three in the fourth (LA’s pick, plus ones he acquired from Philadelphia and Carolina), two in the fifth (LA’s, plus one from Montreal), one in the sixth and two in seventh (LA’s and one from Dallas).
Dating a few years back in Kings draft history, in 2003, the Kings drafted team captain Dustin Brown. In 2005, they welcomed Anze Kopitar and drafted Jonathan Quick in round three as the 72ndoverall pick. The 2008 draft got the Kings Drew Doughty and in the second round Slava Voynov. Other second round draft picks include Tyler Toffoli and Kyle Clifford. In total 10 of the Kings 23 players currently on their roster are homegrown, so expect a future Kings to come forth.
Based on the salary cap issues, Lombardi most likely won’t be looking for defensemen in his first pick, but rather potential forwards, which the team is in need to gain.
At the number 57 pick the Kings have a potential forwards, like Anthony Dunclair, Quebec Junior League, Zach Sanford from Auburn, New Hampshire, Morgan Klimchuck from Regina, WHL, JT Compher form the US National Team, Pavel Buchnevich from the KHL or Nick Moutrey from Saginaw.
As far as the goalie picks go, Lombardi will most likely double down for a forward before a goalie this year. That’s where Tristan Jarry of Edmonton, WHL, Philippe Desrosiers of Rimouski, QMJHL and Antoine Bibeau of PEI, QMJHL come in. All three are ranked in the top ten by NHL’s Central Scouting.
The following is a list of the Kings round-by-round selections in this year’s draft:
Round, Overall Selection:
4, 96th (acquired from Carolina)
4, 103rd (acquired from Philadelphia)
5, 146th (acquired from Montreal)
7, 191st (acquired from Dallas)
All seven rounds of the NHL Draft will take place Sunday, with NBC Sports Network providing live coverage of the event starting at noon (PT).
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