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02-07-2013, 03:27 PM
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It definitely helps, and Dean usually makes the most picks that he has. Take the 2009 and 2008 drafts for example. That's 14 rounds combined. The Kings had 19 picks in those two years, 9 picks in 2008 and 10 picks in 2009.
Five of those 19 picks are in the NHL (Doughty, Voynov, Nolan, Clifford, Schenn), which is a 26% success rate. Only one of those five players was traded. Two others have NHL experience but were also dealt by the Kings (Teubert and Loktionov).
Seven of the picks are currently with the Manchester Monarchs (Vey, Deslauriers, Kozun, Berube, Campbell, Czarnik, Kolomatis) and one is in college (Dowd).
While nothing is guaranteed with all of these draft picks past the second round, the probability of drafting a future player increases with the more picks you have. Let's not forget that the Kings drafted both Dwight King and Alec Martinez in the fourth round of the very same draft and that Jonathan Quick was a third round selection. It's all about your scouts doing their homework and being better prepared than every other clubs' scouts.
That is a good analysis. Unfortunately, we can't have everybody play so sometimes it is best to get some picks for what we can have and keep the pool as deep as we can make it.
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