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Behind the Scenes: LA Kings Steal Speed and Skill at the 2018 NHL Draft

The Kings made a splash at this year's NHL Draft with a few key picks and one big announcement

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

It was a week filled with excitement as the NHL Awards came to a close and the LA Kings Hockey Operations staff headed to Dallas for the 2018 NHL Entry Level Draft.

With a little help from Drew Doughty, we knew that the weekend would be a success.

Tweet from @LAKings: We ready.#NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/bIZyreW9Hf

Honestly, we were looking for some excited as we waited for our pick ...

Tweet from @LAKings: Seeing a lot of GMs run through these doors but still no trades #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/XOZi1ik4sg

... but we were reminded that patience is a virtue.

With their first round, 20th overall pick, the Kings selected Finnish center, Rasmus Kupari.

Video: Kings draft F Rasmus Kupari No. 20

Tweet from @LAKings: ���I think speed is my biggest strength.���*every LA Kings fan sighs in relief* pic.twitter.com/eYVuARa496

Balloons are always necessary.

The best thing about the draft is this pose ...

Day two brought the Kings six new players: Akil Thomas, Bulat Shafigullin, Aidan Dudas, David Henrak, Johan Sodergran, and Jacob Ingam.

More importantly, it brought us more excitement.

Tweet from @LAKings: KHL's leading scorer and 2018 Olympic MVP Ilya Kovalchuk will join the LA Kings for the 2018-19 season after agreeing to terms on a 3-year contract.https://t.co/xp15gyuKBu

No big deal, right?

It also included some of our absolute favorite draft moments and those awkward pictures.

Tweet from @LAKings: All of the excitement. #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/3Esvez6BHX

Business attire and hockey gloves? Definitely a good look.

Plus, some pretty good "just drafted" quotes.

Tweet from @LAKings: ���My phone���s just blowing up right now.���*reminds him that he did just get drafted to the NHL* pic.twitter.com/fBWxTuU43o

Apparently, the Draft beat Drew.

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