How did these Kings get here in the first place?

Change in roster philosophy the key to Rangers, Kings success – Yahoo! Sports

The Kings, by contrast, had 11 players they had either drafted or signed as undrafted free agents in their lineup – goalies Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, defensemen Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez and forwards Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Jordan Nolan and Dwight King.

And every one of them, with the exception of Doughty and Kopitar, has spent significant time developing in the American League.

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

*In 2006, Lombardi had traded Pavol Demitra to Minnesota for their 17th over-all pick (used to select Lewis) and the rights to Patrick O’Sullivan.

**In 2006, Lombardi had traded Brent Sopel to Vancouver for the 2nd round pick that he used to select Wayne Simmonds.

***In 2009, Lombardi had traded albatross Tom Preissing (previously signed as a UFA) and Kyle Quincey (previously picked up on waivers from Detroit) for Ryan Smyth.

****In 2006, Lombardi had traded Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger to Carolina for the rights to Jack Johnson.

For detailed sortable roster fun, check out the complete reserve list (sort by draft position, etc), complete draft history, and the page of Lombardi trades and signings.


  8 comments for “How did these Kings get here in the first place?

  1. DougS
    May 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    It still boggles my mind — and ‘boggles’ is actually too mild a word — that there were people purporting to be Kings fans who were calling for Lombardi’s head after the Carter trade.

    Even if the Kings can’t get those last 4 wins they need to get the Cup this year, Dean is still the Man With the Plan, and the Plan is on track.

  2. Tyfighter77
    May 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I’m loving the Kings roster/reserve list so much right now.  We could almost make two good teams if everybody was healthy.  Seriously can we?   I also find myself still rooting for recently departed players, what if we add them to the mix.  Just for fun, say everyone’s healthy, and you can pick out of the following player groups to make a Kings expansion team coached by TM…

    Group 1 – Departed players/prospects since 09-10 season (Players: Segal, Purcell, Taylor, O’Donnell, The Rat, Fro, R. Jones, Modin, Halpern, Piskula, Gauthier, Ersberg, Sturm, Simmonds, Schenn, Smyth, Zus, Poni, Harrold, Zeiler, Johnson)/(Prospects: Andersen, Wudrick, Dravecky, Bagnall, Nolet, Braun, MIKUS, Teubert, Pelech, ‘Podge’, Bordson!, Roe, Marek (RIP), Paddock)
    Group 2 – Currently scratched/injured/not playing (Fraser, Loktionov, Westgarth, DD2, Bernier, Gagne, Parse)
    Group 3 – Current prospects.

    What would your lineup look like?

    • May 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

       With the exception of Roenick and Blake, I always root for the ex-Kings. Especially the kids I followed as prospects.

      An all ex-king roster is a good idea! Using players who are still playing:

      Moulson – Cammalleri – Purcell
      Frolov – Schenn – Simmonds
      Ponikarovsky – Jokinen – Boyle
      Avery –  Belanger – Ellis
      (Kostopoulos, Smithson)

      Gleason – Johnson
      Quincey – Visnovsky
      Harrold – Stuart


      • Tyfighter77
        May 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

         What, no Raitis?  This is great stuff.   Pretty solid team!  although I can’t stand Avery and I’d have to have O’Donnell and Handzus. 

      • DougS
        May 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Did Fro actually play this past season? I know he signed with a KHL team, but Hockey Reference has no stat line for him for 2011-12. It sounds like he messed up his knee pretty badly in NY, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that had longer-term effects on him.

        Similarly, there is no stat line for Huet for this season. He has a line for last season, playing for a Swiss team and the French WC team.

        OTOH, Mathieu Garon played for Tampa Bay this past season.

  3. TonySCV
    May 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM
    • USHA#17
      May 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Ann put together a very interesting read/analysis of roster building.  I noticed a comment regarding debating between the draft and free agency to build…in today’s cap space era (which may not be tomorrow’s) the draft is very important in respect to maintaining cap space for a salting of talented free agents.

      Thanks for posting the link.

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