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02-27-2013, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
Going back to the Hickey pick, what really ticked me off then (and still kind of gets me upset now) is that Voracek is the player that was slotted to go at #4. Not sure if he was considered a safe pick, but at the time he was considered a high end prospect who is highly skilled.

I understand that the Kings at that time were in need of shoring up their blueline within the pipeline, but to reach that far at #4 to bypass the best player available really stung the team. Alzner was projected as the best defenseman in that first round, and I know why they passed on him as Alzner was viewed as a finished product back then, there wasn't much room for growth for him any more at that point, and he's proven to be a steady and reliable mid-pairing defenseman for the Caps.

Either way, things worked out for the Kings. Who knows what would have happened with Voracek on this roster. We may not have Carter as a result of the way things played out (since Voracek was the center piece in the trade between Columbus and Philly).

Good points. I don't recall who I wanted the Kings to grab at the draft, but I know it wasn't Alzner or Hickey. I know I was pulling for Turris to fall to us somehow, but I also knew that wouldn't happen as the top 3 was pretty much a set guarantee.

I think I was actually hoping we'd trade down. But of all the options that made sense, I agree with you, Voracek would have made the most sense IMO as well.

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