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: