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The 30 First Round Picks of the Los Angeles Kings

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Thirty picks in forty-three years. The eighteen picks they kept. The twenty three they traded. The twelve picks they picked up along the way.

Year by Year

  • 1967 - #1 - Rick Pagnutti [never played an NHL game]
  • 1968 - #7 - Jim McInally [never played an NHL game]
  • 1969 - traded pick (#5 - Dick Redmond) and 1972 1st round pick (#4 - Future Hall of Famer Steve Shutt) to MTL for Gerry Desjardins.
  • 1970 - traded pick (#3 - Reggie Leach) to BOS for Skip Krake. [Krake scored 8 goals for the Kings over two seasons.]
  • 1971 - traded pick (#6 - Ron Jones) and 1973 1st round pick (#6 - Andre Savard) to BOS for Ross Lonsberry and Eddie Shack.
  • 1971 - NOTE: the Kings also traded Dennis Hextall and their 2nd round pick (#20 - Future Hall of Famer Larry Robinson) to MTL for Dick Duff. [Dick Duff scored 6 goals in 37 games for the Kings.]
  • 1972 - no pick (see 1969); for good measure, traded 1976 1st round pick (1976 #13 Rod Schutt) (also a '73 2nd and a '75 3rd) to MTL for Terry Harper.
  • 1973 - no pick (see 1971)
  • 1974 - traded pick (#12 - Mario Tremblay) to MTL for Bob Murdoch and Randy Rota.
  • 1975 - traded pick (#15 - Pierre Mondou) to MTL for MTL's 1st round pick (#16 - Tim Young). Traded Tim Young two months later, for a 2nd round pick.
  • 1976 - no pick (see 1972)
  • 1977 - traded pick (#13 - Ron Duguay) to NYR for Gene Carr.
  • 1978 - traded pick (#8 - Danny Geoffrion) to MTL for Glenn Goldup.
  • 1979 - traded pick (#8 - Future Hall of Famer Ray Bourque) to BOS for back-up goalie Ron Grahame [Grahame was a back-up goalie for the Kings over three season, with GAA in the 4-5 GPG range. 
  • BUT ALSO traded 1981 first round pick (#18 - Gilbert Delorme) to MTL for Murray Wilson and 1979 first round pick (#16 - Jay Wells).
  • 1980 - traded Dale McCourt, rights to restricted free agent Rogie Vachon to DET for Andre St. Laurent, 1980 first round pick (#4 - Larry Murphy) and 1981 first round pick (#2 - Doug Smith).
  • 1981 - #2 - Doug Smith
  • 1982 - traded pick (#6 - Phil Housley) to WIN for Jerry Korab.
  • 1983 - traded pick (#5 - Tom Barrasso) to BUF for Rick Martin.
  • 1984 - traded pick (#3 - Ed Olczyk) to CHI for Bob Janecyk, first round pick (#6 - Craig Redmond), third round pick (#48 John English), fourth round pick (#69-Tom Glavine).
  • 1985 - #9 - Craig Duncanson
  • 1986 - #2 - Jimmy Carson
  • 1987 - traded pick (#6 - Dave Archibald) to MIN for 1987 first round pick (#4 - Wayne McBean). That's right: TRADED UP!
  • 1988 - #7 - Martin Gelinas (traded two months later, in Gretzky trade)
  • 1989 - no pick (Gretzky trade)
  • 1990 - #7 - Darryl Sydor
  • 1991 - no pick (Gretzky trade - Oilers take Martin Rucinsky)
  • 1992 - no pick (Coffey trade)
  • 1993 - no pick (Gretzky trade)
  • 1994 - #7 - Jamie Storr
  • 1995 - #3 - Aki Berg
  • 1996 - traded pick (#4-Alexandre Volchkov) to WAS for Byron Dafoe and Demitri Krystich.
  • 1997 - #3 - Olli Jokinen
  • 1998 - traded Stephane Fiset, first round pick (#17-Martin Skoula) to COL for Eric Lacroix, 1998 first round pick (#21-Mathieu Biron).
  • 1999 - traded Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron, 1999 first round pick (#8-Taylor Pyatt) to NYI for Palffy and Smolinski.
  • 2000 - #20 - Alexander Frolov
  • 2001 - #18 - Jens Karlsson;
  • ALSO traded Rob Blake, Steven Reinprecht to COL for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin, 2001 first round pick (#30 David Steckel), 2003 first round pick (#26-Brian Boyle)
  • 2002 - #18 - Denis Grebeshkov
  • 2003 - #13 - Dustin Brown
  • ALSO DET's first round pick (#27-Jeff Tambellini) from Mathieu Schneider trade
  • and COL's  first round pick (#26-Brian Boyle) from Blake trade.
  • 2004 - #11 - Lauri Tukonen
  • 2005 - #11 - Anze Kopitar
  • 2006 - #11 - Jonathan Bernier,
  • #17 Trevor Lewis (from MIN, Pavol Demitra trade)
  • 2007 - #4 - Thomas Hickey.
  • 2008 - #2 - Drew Doughty; #13 Colten Teubert (from DAL/CGY/BUF: Norstrom, Mike Cammalleri trades).
  • 2009 - #5 - Brayden Schenn
  • 2010 - #19 - ?

Picks by Decade:

  • 1960s: 2
  • 1970s: 2
  • 1980s: 6
  • 1990s: 5
  • 2000s: 15

Here are the 30 1st round picks:

*indicates pick acquired via trade

  1. 1967 - #1 - Rick Pagnutti [never played in the NHL]
  2. 1968 - #7 - Jim McInally [never played in the NHL]
  3. 1975 - #16 - Tim Young* [traded that summer for a 2nd round pick]
  4. 1979 - #16 - Jay Wells*
  5. 1980 - #4 - Larry Murphy*
  6. 1981 - #2 - Doug Smith*
  7. 1984 - #6 - Craig Redmond* [191 NHL games]
  8. 1985 - #9 - Craig Duncanson [38 NHL games]
  9. 1986 - #2 - Jimmy Carson
  10. 1987 - #4 - Wayne McBean* [60 games for the Kings]
  11. 1990 - #7 - Darryl Sydor
  12. 1994 - #7 - Jamie Storr
  13. 1995 - #3 - Aki Berg
  14. 1997 - #3 - Olli Jokinen
  15. 1998 - #21 - Mathieu Biron*
  16. 2000 - #20 - Alexander Frolov
  17. 2001 - #18 - Jens Karlsson [never played in the NHL]
  18. 2001 - #30 David Steckel* [never played for the Kings]
  19. 2002 - #18 - Denis Grebeshkov
  20. 2003 - #13 - Dustin Brown
  21. 2003 - #27 - Jeff Tambellini* [played 4 games for the Kings]
  22. 2003 - #26 - Brian Boyle*
  23. 2004 - #11 - Lauri Tukonen [played 5 NHL games]
  24. 2005 - #11 - Anze Kopitar
  25. 2006 - #11 - Jonathan Bernier
  26. 2006 - #17 - Trevor Lewis*
  27. 2007 - #4 - Thomas Hickey
  28. 2008 - #2 - Drew Doughty
  29. 2008 - #13 - Colten Teubert*
  30. 2009 - #5 - Brayden Schenn
  31. 2010 - #19 - ?

Here are the 23 picks (plus a bonus 2nd rounder) we traded away:

  1. 1969 - Dick Redmond
  2. 1970 - Reggie Leach
  3. 1971 - Ron Jones
  4. 1972 - Steve Shutt (HHOF)
  5. 1973 - Andre Savard
  6. 1973 (2nd rnd) - Larry Robinson (HHOF)
  7. 1974 - Mario Tremblay
  8. 1975 - Pierre Mondou
  9. 1976 - Rod Schutt
  10. 1977 - Ron Duguay
  11. 1978 - Danny Geoffrion
  12. 1979 - Ray Bourque (HHOF)
  13. 1981 - Gilbert Delorme
  14. 1982 - Phil Housley
  15. 1983 - Tom Barrasso
  16. 1984 - Ed Olczyk
  17. 1987 - Dave Archibald
  18. 1988 - Martin Gelinas
  19. 1991 - Martin Rucinsky
  20. 1992 - Jason Bowen
  21. 1993 - Nick Stajduhar
  22. 1996 - Alexandre Volchkov
  23. 1998 - Martin Skoula
  24. 1999 - Taylor Pyatt

The Roster Players We Traded the Future For

  • Gerry Desjardins
  • Skip Krake
  • Ross Lonsberry
  • Eddie Shack
  • Dick Duff
  • Terry Harper
  • Bob Murdoch
  • Randy Rota
  • Gene Carr
  • Glenn Goldup
  • Ron Grahame
  • Murray Wilson
  • Andre St. Laurent
  • Jerry Korab
  • Rick Martin
  • Bob Janecyk
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Paul Coffey
  • Byron Dafoe
  • Demitri Kristych
  • Eric Lacroix
  • Ziggy Palffy
  • Brian Smolinski