Dean Lombardi appeared via telephone on Hockey Night in Canada Radio the day after the NHL Lottery on April 8. Check out this 10-minute interview with HNICR hosts Jeff Marek and Scott Morrison.
Dean Lombardi on Hockey Night In Canada Radio
Here are some notes on that interview, with a special thanks to John Whaley with CBC Sports and Mike Kalinowski in the Los Angeles Kings PR office for arranging LAKings.com to get a copy of this interview…
Lombardi comments on Patrick Marleau and his work on putting together the core of what makes up the San Jose Sharks roster, a strong Stanley Cup contender in this years playoffs.
The second-year Kings GM is also asked about his reaction to winning the No. 2 pick and what he might do with that pick, and of course, Lombardi answers without revealing his hand.
He speaks about the depth of this draft and about special defensemen and if there might be a lot of deals at this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
Lombardi reflects on trading the No. 2 pick with San Jose to Nashville in 1998 in which he dealt that No. 2 pick for the No. 3 pick and a second-round selection, tabbing Brad Stuart, formerly of the Kings, with the No. 3 pick and then grabbing Jonathan Cheechoo with the second pick of the second round…where do the Kings pick in 2008? No. 2. Nashvill picked C David Legwand.
When asked about how you determine which of these 18-year-olds will be the best player four or five years downs the road, Lombardi added:
“This is the old Ron Wolf thing with the Packers, where if you are right 40 percent of the time, you are doing one “h-e-double hockey sticks” of a job.”
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