Draft Day: What Should We Expect from the Kings?
Not much, probably. But we have a first round pick this year!
The draft is tonight! Things you, as a Los Angeles Kings fan, are probably going to do tonight:
1) Bask in the artificial congratulations of 29 other organizations
2) Ignore almost everything else about the first 28 picks, except to laugh at the team that takes a goaltender (probably Thatcher Demko)
3) Also chuckle at Thatcher Demko's fantastic name
4) Cheer wildly for the 29th pick as he puts on a Kings jersey for the first time
5) Watch Dean Lombardi to make sure he's not up to anything
So it should be a fun Friday night. The Kings don't have a lot of trade bait and probably don't intend to change too much when their roster looks like this (with Dwight King 99% to return next season)...
... so unless Lombardi and the Kings pull off a blockbuster, it'll be a quiet Round 1. I'm sure tomorrow, Lombardi will shuffle a few lower-round picks around and we'll be intrigued, but that's all in good time.
Here are the picks:
2014 Kings Draft Picks (as of Friday morning)
|ROUND||PICK||LAST KINGS PICK IN THAT SPOT||NOTABLE PICK AROUND THAT SPOT|
|1||29||RW Scott Barney||LW Tanner Pearson (30)|
|2||60||D T.J. Fast||RW Wayne Simmonds (61)|
|3||90||C Michael Vukonich||D Alec Martinez (95)|
|4||120||D Jesse Black||D Lubomir Visnovsky (118)|
|5||150||D Jeff Katcher||D Jake Muzzin (141, by Pittsburgh)|
|6||157||D Joel Andresen||LW Luc Robitaille (171)|
|6||180||G Paul Jaks||RW Jordan Nolan (186)|
|7||209||N/A||G Cristobal Huet (214)|
|7||210||RW Dave Taylor (!!!)||RW Dave Taylor (210)|
The draft begins at 4:00 PM Pacific, and we'll have a thread open for discussion. For additional reading, make sure you check out the full SB Nation Mock Draft, as well as our pick at #29.