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Kings, four other teams have nine picks in 2014 Draft

Jun 21, 2014, 10:40 AM EST

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L.A. Kings GM Dean Lombardi is still riding the high of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, but he’s going to have a busy time at the NHL Draft next week.

The Kings will have nine picks at the 2014 Draft. Joining L.A. with a busy day will be the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, and Washington Capitals.

For GMs Doug Armstrong and Garth Snow, they’re a bit more used to this dance while Jim Nill and Brian MacLellan haven’t been running the show at the draft on their own very long. For MacLellan it’ll be his first and Nill his second.

The success the Kings have had in recent drafts says Lombardi and their array of scouts have done a solid job of finding those gems in the middle to late part of the first and second-rounds. Part of L.A.’s “That 70s Line” is a good example of that as Tanner Pearson was the 30th overall selection at the 2012 Draft and Tyler Toffoli went 47th overall in 2010.

Those five teams won’t be the only busy ones, however, as six other teams have eight selections. The Buffalo Sabres will have four picks in the Top 50 and five of the first 61 picks including three second-round selections. Sabres GM Tim Murray has made it clear he’s hoping to trade up to get another first-round pick to go along with the second overall selection.

With the number of questions surrounding the depth of talent in this year’s draft, these teams may not just be busy making selections but dealing them as well.

  1. papajack1259 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Unlike any other sport draft picks can turn a franchise around in hockey impact players come from an array of various pick spots
    Sometimes (Brady) it happens in football rarely in other sports LA has done a great job let’s see what the future holds

  2. mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    I would not mind seeing Murray package a couple of seconds and maybe a guy like Myers to get another good first round pick. Too bad it would likely take a first, a couple of seconds and a player to get number three or four. Then the Sabres could grab TWO top forwards in this draft. Of course if a GM is dumb enough to take Grigorenko as the player, I might do the deal. He seems to be going nowhere fast.

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