At this point, there’s not a lot of buzz about the upcoming NHL Draft, mostly because the Kings aren’t expected to be a big participant in it. Because of the Dustin Penner trade, the Kings don’t draft until the second round — they hold the No. 49 pick — and they hold only six picks in the seven-round draft.

This is a rather stark contrast to Dean Lombardi’s history, both with the Kings and the San Jose Sharks. Lombardi has participated in 12 NHL Drafts as a GM, and only once did he not have a first-round pick. That was in the 2000 draft, after Lombardi traded a package of draft picks to Montreal for Vincent Damphousse.

The Kings made only five draft picks last year, after making nine in 2006, 10 in 2007, nine in 2008 and 10 in 2009. The downward trend, to be certain, is part of the plan that Lombardi put in place when he got hired. The first few years were about acquiring young talent. Now, the question is, how much of that talent will develop and make an impact at the NHL level? And of course, given Lombardi’s proclivity toward wheeling and dealing at the draft, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see him trade back into the first round.

Before the first round — June 25 24 in St. Paul — I’ll have some thoughts from members of the Kings’ front office about the draft. For now, here’s the list of the Kings’ scheduled picks…

First round: No picks
Second round: No. 49
Third round: No. 80
Fourth round: No. 110
Fifth round: No. 140
Sixth round: No. 170
Seventh round: No. 200

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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