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11-24-2012, 03:54 AM
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I still feel lucky that the 2005 top pick didn't go to the Schmucks.
To add to that, it helped the Kings that the Ducks went with Bobby Ryan at #2 over Jack Johnson, who was projected the consensus 2nd pick behind Crosby.
Had the Ducks selected Johnson, they wouldn't be able to acquire him from Carolina, thus no Jeff Carter and likely no Stanley Cup. Funny how things work themselves out sometimes.
For instance, we could link the Cup win to Aki Berg. Berg resulted into a draft pick that turned to Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri was traded at the 2008 draft, for a pick that would turn into Colten Teubert. The Kings also acquired a pick from that trade that the Kings used with Patrick O'Sullivan to land Justin Williams.
The Kings would turn Teubert to Dustin Penner, and the main asset acquired from the Bryan Smolinski acquisition from NYI (which later netted Tim Gleason from Ottawa) turned into Jeff Carter (courtesy of getting Jack Johnson from Carolina).
Jim Rutherford indirectly helped the Kings big time with those moves. Lombardi should buy him a drink.
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