THW Column: Kings draft analyzed & graded
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07-04-2013, 04:06 PM
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Before Lombardi came to LA 35% of the players the Kings drafted in the first 100 picks of each draft wound up playing 200 games or more in the NHL.
Between 2006 and 2009, with Lombardi at the helm, 4 of the 21 players picked in the first 100 picks have already played 200 games in the NHL with the strong possibility of 5 more players playing 200 games by 2014-15 (Martinez, Schenn, Voynov, Bernier & Hickey) . If they all do, that would be 9 of 21 picks making it in the NHL or 43%.
Even 3 of Lombardi's 17 bottom 101 picks (picks made after the 100th pick in each draft) from 2006 to 2009 have an excellent chance of playing 200 games in the NHL (Loktionov, King & Nolan). That's 17.6%.
Prior to Lombardi only 12 of 197 bottom 101 picks played 200 games in the NHL or 6.1%. Granted, the quality of those 12 players, which include Luc, Dave Taylor & Kimmo Timonen, is a lot better than Lokti, King & Nolan, but the bottom of the draft is a puzzle that the Kings are clearly doing a better job of solving year in and year out.
Things have definitely gotten better under Deano, Hextall, Futa & Yannetti
I agree drafting is a huge strength of LA now but I think it's unfair to hold DLs track record vs the rest if LAs drafts. Scouting has come a very long way in recent years due largely to the Internet and more teams putting an emphasis on it. LA is at the top of the NHL in finding and developing players but I would guess that most teams are better now than they were 7-10 yrs ago. Anyways good info!
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