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Los Angeles Kings To Select Fifth In The 2009 Draft

NEW YORK — On April 14, the National Hockey League held their annual draft lottery and the Los Angeles Kings, who finished the 2008-09 regular season in the 26th spot in the thirty-team NHL, retained the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The New York Islanders, who finished in last place in the NHL standings, won the lottery, retaining the first overall pick.

The Kings had an 8.1% chance of winning the weighted draft lottery while the Islanders had a 25% chance of winning the lottery and a 48.2% chance of retaining the first overall pick.

The Kings will have thirteen selections in the seven-round draft, including one pick each in rounds 1-3, three selections in the fourth round, two selections each in rounds 5-6 and three picks in the seventh round.

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round takes place on Friday, June 26 with rounds 2-7 taking place on Saturday, June 27.

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will be televised on Versus in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada.


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2 Responses to Los Angeles Kings To Select Fifth In The 2009 Draft

  1. pikeur00 says:

    In one of the dumbest moves in Kings trade-deadline history (and that is saying a lot), the Kings traded 24-year-old, 20-goal scorer Patrick O’Sullivan and a second-round draft pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for injury-plagued forward Justin Williams.
    Williams played only 37 games last season due to injuries and has had continuous injury problems this year as well, playing in only 32 games and accumulating a paltry 3 goals, and 7 assists.
    Williams had back-to-back 30-goal seasons three years ago, but hasn’t done much of anything since. Over the past two seasons, O’Sullivan has actually outscored Williams by 50 points, partially because O’Sullivan has managed to stay healthy.
    Considering O’Sullivan has been more valuable recently, is three years younger, and is locked into an affordable long-term deal, it is even more mind-blowing that the rebuilding Kings would also sacrifice a second-round draft pick in addition to the better player.

    Worst of all, Carolina immediately traded O’Sullivan and their previously-held second-rounder to the Kings’ conference rival Edmonton, for Erik Cole. That makes the Oilers the big winners of this three-way deal.
    Cole was less effective this season than the Oilers had hoped (16 goals, 11 assists), but his production and consistency far outweighs that of Williams, which makes one wonder: Why didn’t the Kings just trade straight-up with the Oilers?
    O’Sullivan has two more years on his deal, and his three-year deal with the Kings was front-loaded. So, after O’Sullivan earns $4 million this season, 80 percent of which was already paid by Los Angeles, the Oilers get him for $2.39 million over each of the next two seasons.
    In other words, the Kings even get screwed on cap space, while the Oilers get almost a $2 million break. Not bad for a potential 30-goal scorer.
    This is a horribly contradictory move to what Kings GM Dean Lombardi claimed was his strategy over the past four years. He managed to sacrifice youth, a high draft pick and skill for an older, injured, inconsistent player that costs more. In the process, he waived the white flag for this season and benefitted a conference rival for years to come.
    It’s a trifecta of stupid.

    Let’s Go Kings!

  2. pikeur00 says:

    This team is on the cusp. What’s not to like: a blue line featuring
    Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Kyle Quincey, Matt Greene and (soon
    enough) Thomas Hickey; a forward group led by Anze Kopitar and Dustin
    Brown; and a goalie group that — finally — shows much promise with
    Jonathan Quick, Erik Ersberg and Jonathan Bernier. Now comes the tricky part:
    getting over the hump.

    I believe GM Dean Lombardi will attempt to add a major offensive piece
    this summer. The Kings are dead last in the NHL in five-on-five
    scoring this season, so they want to add an impact, high-end forward.
    If Tampa makes Vincent Lecavalier available, then that’s a
    possibility; ditto if Atlanta eventually moves Ilya Kovalchuk
    (although it would rather not) or if Colorado shops Ryan Smyth. The
    latter isn’t in the same category offensively as the first two
    players, but he oozes character and work ethic, and that’s another
    area the Kings wouldn’t mind improving. On the free-agent market,
    Marian Gaborik could be an option, but we doubt it for the kind of
    money and/or term his camp wants. The Kings want to add a big name; let’s see who they end up with.

    Its exciting times to be a Kings fan, let’s hope all these draft picks
    in the last 3 years will pan out and finally make the Kings a top 10
    NHL team and a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

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