Greetings from the Nokia Theatre where the Los Angeles Kings are hosting a party for their season ticket holders…all anxiously awaiting what they will do in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which begins at 4:00 PM PDT in Ottawa.
Frozen Royalty will have several live updates as the afternoon/evening wears on, so be sure to check in frequently.
The early word from here is that the Kings will retain the second overall pick, according to Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations. Of course, anything could change up to the time the pick comes up in Ottawa…
The Kings have traded Michael Cammalleri in a three-way deal involving the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks. Cammalleri goes to Calgary, the Kings 28th overall pick goes to Anaheim, who also gets the Flames’ 17th overall pick. The Kings will get the 12th overall pick out of the deal. The question now is…what else will Lombardi do? What do you think of the deal?
The Kings kept the second overall pick and selected defenseman Drew Doughty.
More details on the Cammalleri trade…The Kings sent Cammalleri, and a second round pick (48th overall, which was originally from Calgary) to the Flames. In return, the Flames sent their first round pick (17th overall) and a second round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Kings, who then traded their 17th and 28th overall picks to the Ducks in exchange for their first round pick (12th overall).
Now what do you think of the deal?
The Kings also traded the 12th overall pick (first round) to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the 13th overall pick and a third round pick in the 2009 draft. And with the 13th overall selection, the Kings selected defenseman Colten Teubert.
Frozen Royalty will have a complete story on the 2008 draft sometime on Saturday night where we will cover everything the Kings did in Ottawa on Friday and Saturday, including the players selected and all trades.
The story will also include comments from the Kings draft picks, most notably, first round selections Drew Doughty and Colten Teubert, and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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re: Cammi trade….at first it looked like a bit of an overpayment to just move up five spots; but looking at the player the Kings picked (after trading down slightly to get another draft pick) – trade doesn’t look so bad.
When you look at everything the Kings have done so far in the first round, I don’t think anyone should be complaining.
Thanks for the audio Gann. I think DL is a really well-spoken GM and I always enjoy listening or reading his interviews. Also, thanks for the Doughty and Teubert interviews as well.
Sometimes, he gets a bit long-winded, but that’s a refreshing change from Dave Taylor, who held everything so close to the vest that he barely said anything even when he did speak to you. Great guy and I still wonder what kind of GM he would’ve been if he didn’t have ownership calling many of the shots for him, but getting anything from him was like pulling teeth.