Kings’ have 6 or 7 picks in the upcoming 2012 draft

Well, let’s see. It’s been a pretty slow news day in Kings Country, but things will start to pick up with the 2012 NHL draft coming in ten days. Let’s look at the Kings’ picks this year.

  • R1 (30) – The Kings’ first round pick was conditionally traded to Columbus in the Jeff Carter deal.  Columbus has the choice of the Kings’ first round pick this year or next. I assume they’ll wat till next year’s 1st round, which hopefully will also be 30th. Insert smiley face.
  • R2 (61) – The Kings’ second round pick, 61st over-all, was traded to the Flyers in the Mike Richards deal.
  • R3 (66) – Lombardi had acquired the Maple Leaf’s third round pick in a pick swap, but flipped it to Nashville last draft in order to trade up and grab Nick Shore.
  • R3 (91) – The Kings’ third round pick, 91st over-all, went to Edmonton in the Dustin Penner trade.
  • R4 (121) – The Kings still own this pick.
  • R5 (151) – The Kings still own this pick.
  • R6 (171) – Lombardi acquired the Flyers’ sixth round pick along with Stefan Legein for “future considerations.” In other words, the pick is their payment for taking the contract off Holmgren’s hands.
  • R6 (181) – The Kings still own this pick.
  • R7 (183) – Lombardi acquired the Oilers’ seventh round pick (and Colin Fraser) in the Ryan Smyth trade (the trade that keeps on giving!).
  • R7 (211) – The Kings still own this, the last pick in the 2012 draft.

So, to sum up:

The Kings have their fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh round picks, plus the Flyers’ sixth round pick and the Oilers’ seventh round pick. They might retain their first round pick this year, but that’s up to the idiot Scott Howson. That’s six (or seven) picks in all:

#121, #151, #171, #181, #183, #211, and maybe #30.


  8 comments for “Kings’ have 6 or 7 picks in the upcoming 2012 draft

  1. DougS
    June 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Well, this is where a top-flight GM and his scouts earn their pay, isn’t it? Trying to find useful players in the lower rounds.

    Think Dean will try to trade up, even if Howson lets him keep this year’s 1st Rounder?

  2. DougS
    June 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Quisp, if you’re looking for questions to ponder today, here’s one that occurs to me: Whither Oscar Moller?

    Is the kid crying salty Viking tears today, knowing that he could have been out there on ice with the other Manchester taxi squad guys, celebrating the Stanley Cup? Does it occur to him that he might have prospered under Darryl Sutter’s system, making better use of his speed and skill than he could under Terry Murray?

    Does he show up in El Segundo in September? Or does he stay in Sweden, figuring that he has less chance of making the team now than before?

    I don’t ask these questions to gloat or snark — I still like Oscar a lot and hope that he’ll get a chance to play for the Kings again. I’m genuinely curious.

    For that matter, did Bud Holloway look at last night’s game — or any Kings game in the playoffs — see Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, and think to himself, “Man, I’m such a jerk”?

    • June 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Oscar and Bud both want to play in the NHL. Right now, their rights belong to the Kings, but neither would be waiver-exempt once they return. Since there isn’t much if any room for them (and competition from below in the form of Vey and Toffoli), I kind of think Lombardi will be looking to trade their rights in the next couple of weeks. 

      Moller is a Sutter type player though, so I guess there’s hope. 

      Yeah, they’re probably kicking themselves. 

      • June 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Are you saying that if the Kings wanted Holloway or Moller to sign or play on opening night, that they’d have to clear waivers first? So they could just be picked off ezpz by any team? Any recourse for the Kings? Or are you saying that once they’re up, they have to stay up or clear waivers?

        Holloway I think is going to be a real good NHL player someday (soon), it’s just unfortunate it all played out like it did. I’d be willing to bet he’d make the team in camp if he decided to go.

        • June 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

          I’m pretty sure that they do NOT have to clear waivers if they sign over the summer. However, I’m certain that ONCE THE NHL SEASON STARTS a player playing in Europe has to clear waivers in order to return to the NHL that season. 

  3. Cirtes
    June 13, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    I thought the 1st round pick converted to this year when the Kings made the playoffs.

    • number 6
      June 13, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      No, if Kings did Not make the playoffs they kept the pick. If they Did make the playoffs, then CBJ had choice of this year’s pick or next years….. at their discretion but had to let the Kings know by I believe two choices before the slot arrived at the draft.

  4. Uni
    June 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I could see DL trading up to the third round or higher in the fourth.  There will be some off-the-radar player still available that he will covet and use some combination of lower rounds picks to get him.

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