January 24th, 2014, 02:05 AM #1
Los Angeles Kings turned focus to forwards in 2009 NHL Draft (Hockey's Future)
After the 2006, 2007, and 2008 drafts yielded core members of the Kings future Stanley Cup run, the 2009 draft also yielded several key players.
The previous draft years focused heavily on highly-touted defensive prospects like Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Thomas Hickey, and Colten Teubert, and at least one buried gem in Alec Martinez. However, the Kings shifted to toughness and versatility up front with a selection of seven forwards and one defender who turned forward with their 10 selections in 2009. While three of these picks have already gone on to play over 100 games in their young careers, it also populated the Kings system with some strong talent that is still very much in the picture for the franchise moving forward.
With Dean Lombardiís reputation growing year by year as a strong mid-round drafter, he really showed no deviation from that skill with some solid selections in the mid to late rounds. With a defensive pool set from the previous years with that formula, the Kings set out to build a pool of forwards in 2009 doing the same thing.
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