THW Column: Kings draft analyzed & graded
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07-05-2013, 07:34 AM
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As I've said before, everything you do in the NHL is about winning the Cup. Draft, Free Agent signing, Trades, Waivers, Buyouts, every transaction you make is about the ultimate goal of winning it all.
The Kings won this draft on February 23, 2012 when they sent their 2013 1st rounder to Columbus. So far it's netted them a cup and a WC Finals appearance.
Except that's not the criteria the writer uses. He's basing this on the quality of the picks made. If the Kings traded picks 1-7 to Columbus for Jeff Carter, instead of trading away Jack Johnson, would you say the Kings had a good DRAFT if they didn't draft anyone?
A B+ is a fair grade for a team who, on June 29, had 10 picks but the first one was 57. Lombardi changed that to 7 with the first at 37. You could argue it's an A- because they got a player valued very highly... But seriously, nobody knows the quality of players drafted until much further down.
I'm just happy that good articles continue to compliment the Kings.
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