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Los Angeles Kings Rolled The Dice On Over-Agers Tanner Pearson, Thomas Hyka In 2012 NHL Draft

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Every year, for those following the National Hockey League Entry Draft, all the hype and the attention goes to the top-rated young prospects, and the team with the first overall pick in that year’s draft.

This year’s draft was no different, with all the pre-draft attention focused on the top prospect in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, right wing Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting, Ontario Hockey League), and the Edmonton Oilers, owners of the first pick in the draft.

As each year’s draft wears on, it becomes more and more of a crapshoot, in terms of whether or not a selected prospect will ever make it to the NHL, and this year was no exception. Indeed, after the Oilers selected Yakupov, and with the rest of the top prospects disappearing off the board right after that, the crapshoot began in earnest.

As much as every NHL team covets the first overall pick in the draft, they would Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Add Six Prospects During 2012 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Even though they had the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings added six prospects to the fold this weekend. Also: news on veteran player signings, and an upcoming change to the coaching staff.


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LOS ANGELES — Despite having the last pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings were busier than expected this past weekend.

After winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Kings earned the “privilege” of selecting last in first round of the draft. In spite of that disadvantage, they managed to add six prospects to their system, and they reached agreements in principle with two of their veteran forwards who would become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Center Jarret Stoll will sign a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.25 million per season, while center Colin Fraser will sign a two-year deal that will pay him $825,000 per season. Read more of this post

LA Kings Will Pick Last In First Round Of 2012 NHL Entry Draft, And They’re Happy About That

DRAFT COVERAGE: Although the Los Angeles Kings will select last in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, they still have to make this draft count for something by finding a player or two who will make it to the NHL to stay a few years down the road. Also, the Kings and the NHL have announced their 2012-12 regular season schedule.


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LOS ANGELES — On the eve of the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft (Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:00 PM PDT in Pittsburgh), the big question is what the Edmonton Oilers will do with the first overall pick.

Will they select right wing Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League, the top prospect in this year’s draft? Will they go off the board, so to speak, to shore up their blue line corps, which is their biggest weakness, or will they trade the pick to bring in a seasoned, impact player?

If they decide to improve on the blue line through the draft, do not be surprised to see them select Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League Read more of this post

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