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Blueprints differ for Kings, Devils

May 28, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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How do you build a team that can get to the Stanley Cup finals? The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle shows us there’s no one way. More than half the Los Angeles Kings were drafted by the club, while the New Jersey Devils relied heavily on free agency to stock their roster.

The real key, of course, is to make savvy roster decisions regardless of the avenue, something both general managers, Dean Lombardi and Lou Lamoriello, have done.

Case in point, the Kings may not have signed many free agents, but defensemen Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi were two significant ones.

And while the Devils have just three players that were drafted by the club after the first round, Adam Henrique (82nd overall, 2008) is one of them.

Best bang per cap hit for the Kings:

Jonathan Quick ($1.8 million)

Dwight King ($591,667)

Slava Voynov ($816,666)

Trevor Lewis ($725,000)

Devils:

Henrique ($854,166)

Stephen Gionta ($512,500)

Steve Bernier ($525,000)

Mark Fayne ($542,500)

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