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Kings will pick 8th overall in 2021 NHL Draft

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National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announces an Los Angeles Kings draft position during the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery on June 02, 2021 at the NHL Network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings did not win either lottery pick in the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery, but thankfully were not dropped any further down, finishing with the eighth-overall pick in the 2021 Entry Draft. The Buffalo Sabres won the first overall pick and the Seattle Kraken became the first expansion team to win a draft lottery selection with second overall.

Though the 80s and 90s saw their fair share of picks in the 7 to 10 range, the Kings have never drafted at eighth overall. The last two drafts saw the Kings pick in the top five, moving down two spots in the lottery to select Alex Turcotte fifth overall in 2019 and win the lottery themselves to draft Quinton Byfield second overall in 2020.

Here are the full results of tonight’s draft lottery:

2021 NHL Draft Lottery Results

Draft Position Team Change
Draft Position Team Change
1 Buffalo Sabres 0
2 Seattle Kraken 1
3 Anaheim Ducks -1
4 New Jersey Devils 0
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 0
6 Detroit Red Wings 0
7 San Jose Sharks 0
8 Los Angeles Kings 0
9 Vancouver Canucks 0
10 Ottawa Senators 0
11 Chicago Blackhawks 0
12 Calgary Flames 0
13 Philadelphia Flyers 0
14 Dallas Stars 0
15 New York Rangers 0

The 2021 NHL Entry Draft will be held virtually again this year, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The first round will be held on Friday, July 23 and rounds 2-7 will be on Saturday, July 24.