The Kings won the Stanley Cup two short years ago, advanced to the Conference Final last season and are have dominated the Blackhawks thus far in this year’s Conference Final. Looking up and down their roster, if they can stay healthy, the Kings should be around for a while.
So how did the Kings build their roster?
1st round – 13th overall – Dustin Brown
- 2005 Draft
1st round – 11th overall – Anze Kopitar
3rd round – 72nd overall – Jonathan Quick
- 2006 Draft
1st round – 17th overall – Trevor Lewis
- 2007 Draft
4th round – 95th overall – Alec Martinez
4th round – 109th overall – Dwight King
- 2008 Draft
1st round – 2nd overall – Drew Doughty
2nd round – 32nd overall – Slava Voynov
- 2009 Draft
2nd round – 35th overall – Kyle Clifford
- 2010 Draft
2nd round – 47th overall – Tyler Toffoli
- 2012 Draft
1st round – 30th overall – Tanner Pearson
- Jeff Carter – acquired from Columbus for Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick in 2013.
- Mike Richards – acquired from Philadelphia with Rob Bordson for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick in 2012.
- Marian Gaborik – acquired from Columbus for Matt Frattin and a conditional draft pick.
- Jarrett Stoll + Matt Greene – acquired from Edmonton for Lubomir Visnovsky.
- Justin Williams – acquired from Carolina for Patrick O’Sullivan and a second round pick in 2009.
- Robyn Regehr – acquired from Buffalo for 2nd round picks in the 2014 and 2015 Drafts.
- Jake Muzzin
- Willie Mitchell
- Martin Jones
- 11 players drafted
- 7 players acquired by trade
- 3 players signed as free agents
It’s worth noting that five players selected in the first 52 overall selections of the legendary 2003 NHL Draft are taking part in this series: Jeff Carter (11), Dustin Brown (13), Brent Seabrook (14), Mike Richards (24) and Corey Crawford (52).
Patrick O’Sullivan was the 56th overall selection in 2003 by the Minnesota Wild. He was traded with the pick used to select Trevor Lewis to LA for Pavol Demitra in 2006, and was traded by the Kings to Carolina with a 2nd round pick for Justin Williams in 2009.
In 2010, O’Sullivan was traded to Phoenix by the Oilers for Jim Vandermeer – the same Vandermeer who was involved in two significant Chicago trades.
In 2004, Vandermeer was traded to Chicago with Colin Fraser and the second round pick eventually used on Bryan Bickell for Alexei Zhamnov and a 4th round pick in 2004. In 2007, the Hawks traded Vandermeer back to Philly for Ben Eager, who won the Cup in Chicago in 2010.