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HOW THE DRAFT HAS HELPED THE KINGS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
How The Annual Draft Has Impacted The Kings The following list of eight players all represent key building blocks for the Kings. Six of the eight on this list were acquired by the Kings on draft day, while the other two were high draft picks acquired by the Kings through trades with other teams.


Jack Johnson
Acquired from Carolina along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason (September 29, 2006)
Drafted by Carolina - 1st round, 3rd overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft
  • Ranked second among rookies in blocked shots and third in ice time before a non-displaced fracture to his right foot ended his first full season with the Kings
  • Selected to participate at the YoungStars skills event as part of the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta
  • Named the Kings “Outstanding Defenseman” and “Best Newcomer” for 2007-08
  • Only 21-years-old
Rob Blake
Signed as an unrestricted free agent (July 1, 2006)
Drafted by KINGS - 2nd round, 70th overall, 1988 NHL Entry Draft
  • Has more career goals, career assists, career points and career games played than any other defenseman in franchise history
  • The only Kings player to ever win the Norris Trophy (1997-98)
  • Named a First Team NHL All-Star (1997-98) and a Second Team NHL All-Star (1999-00)
  • Named as a NHL All-Rookie selection in 1990-91
  • Served as captain of the Kings from 1996-01 and from 2007-present
  • Represented the Kings at the 1994, 1999, 2000 and 2001 NHL All-Star Games
Anze Kopitar
Drafted by KINGS - 1st round, 11th overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft
  • Led the Kings in scoring and reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career in 2007-08
  • Named the Kings “Most Valuable Player” for 2007-08
  • In his second NHL season he was named to his first NHL All-Star team
  • Won the Kings “Most Popular Player” and “Best Newcomer” awards in 2006-07
  • Is the first native of Slovenia to play in the NHL
  • Only 20-years-old
Patrick O’Sullivan
Acquired from Minnesota along with a first-round pick (Trevor Lewis, 17th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft) for Pavol Demitra (June 24, 2006)
Drafted by Minnesota - 2nd round, 56th overall, 2003 NHL Entry Draft
  • Reached the 20-goal plateau in his first full season with the Kings (2007-08)
  • Named the Kings “Best Defensive Player” for 2007-08
  • Ranked fourth on the Kings in goals, assists and points in 2007-08
  • Only 23-years-old
Michael Cammalleri
Drafted by KINGS - 2nd round, 49th overall, 2001 NHL Entry Draft
  • Finished fifth on the Kings in goals and points in 2007-08 even though he missed 19 games because of injury
  • Became the first King to record 80 points in one season since Ziggy Palffy (2002-03) after leading the Kings with 80 points in 2006-07
  • Led the Kings with 26 goals and 15 power play goals in 2005-06
  • Named the Kings’ “Most Valuable Player” in 2006-07
  • Only 25-years-old and he’s already played three full seasons in a Kings uniform
Lubomir Visnovsky
Drafted by KINGS - 4th round, 118th overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft
  • Has led all Kings defensemen in scoring for three consecutive seasons
  • Participated in the 2007 NHL-All Star Game
  • Led all Kings defensemen in goals in both 2006-07 and 2005-06
  • Set a new career-high in goals with the Kings in 2006-07 with 18
  • Has twice been voted the Kings’ “Best Defenseman”
  • Led all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 39 points in 2000-01
Dustin Brown
Drafted by KINGS - 1st round, 13th overall, 2003 NHL Entry Draft
  • Led the Kings and the NHL in hits for 2007-08 and also led the Kings in goals scored while surpassing the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career
  • Led the Kings and the NHL with 258 hits in 2006-07
  • Agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Kings in October of 2007
  • Only 23-years-old and he’s already played four full seasons with the Kings
Alexander Frolov
Drafted by KINGS - 1st round, 20th overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft
  • Registered his fourth consecutive 20-goal or more season with the Kings while finishing second in overall scoring in 2007-08
  • Averaged nearly a point-a-game for the Kings in 2007-08 despite missing significant time because of injury
  • Finished as the Kings’ team leader for goals scored in both 2006-07 (35) and 2003-04 (24)
  • Has three career hat tricks as a member of the Kings
  • Only 25-years-old and already his completed five full seasons with the Kings.
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