History by 2018 draft position: LA Kings and league-wide - LA Kings Insider

Eric Lindros clowns around at the Anchor Bar the night before the NHL Draft on June 21, 1991 in Buffalo. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The NHL Draft is upon us! As of now, the LA Kings have seven selections at next week’s draft, which will be held in Dallas over June 22-23. Those selections are the 20th, 51st, 82nd, 113th, 144th, 165th and 175th picks, which will take place in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rounds before the Kings’ two sixth round picks. The extra sixth round pick came by virtue of a swap with the New York Islanders in which Los Angeles traded their 2017th sixth rounder for a 2018th. The Kings’ seventh rounder, which would’ve been 206th overall, was sent to Tampa Bay one year ago for the rights to Boko Imama, who was then signed to an entry-level contract.

It means little for what they plan on doing this year, but it’s still interesting to look at Los Angeles’ history and the league’s history at each particular draft slot. (This is clearly my way of saying you should expect the Kings to get a player of Pavel Bure’s caliber with the 113th overall pick.)

(stick tap to hockey-reference.com’s draft tool; all stats and selections are from 1963-2018)

PICK #20
1972 – Don Kozak / 437 GP, 96-86=182
2000 – Alexander Frolov / 579 GP, 175 G, 175-222=397
Number of players selected 20th overall to play in the NHL: 44
Most GP by player selected 20th overall: Larry Robinson, 1,384
Most points by player selected 20th overall: Michel Goulet, 548-605=1,153
Notable players selected 20th overall: Robinson, Goulet, Martin Brodeur, Martin Rucinsky, Brent Burns, Travis Zajac, Brian Sutter

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PICK # 51
1969 – Butch Goring / 1,107 GP, 375-513=888
2001 – Jaroslav Bednar / 102 GP, 10-25=35
2016 – Kale Clague / No NHL stats
Number of players selected 51st overall to play in the NHL: 27
Most GP by player selected 51st overall: Patrik Elias, 1,240
Most points by player selected 51st overall: Elias, 408-617=1,025
Notable players selected 51st overall: Elias, Goring, Patrick Roy, Brian Bradley, Derek Stepan, Calle Jarnkrok, Brian Dumoulin

PICK #82
1982 – Dave Ross / No NHL stats
2003 – Ryan Munce / No NHL stats
2007 – Bryan Cameron / No NHL stats
2011 – Nick Shore / 236 GP, 15-38=53
Number of players selected 82nd overall to play in the NHL: 15
Most GP by player selected 82nd overall: Brian Gionta, 1,026
Most points by player selected 82nd overall: Gionta, 291-304=595
Notable players selected 82nd overall: Gionta, Trent Klatt, Adam Henrique, Bill Houlder, Andy Rymsha

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PICK #113
1979 – Jay MacFarlane / No NHL stats
Number of players selected 113rd overall to play in the NHL: 12
Most GP by player selected 113rd overall: Randy McKay, 932
Most points by player selected 113rd overall: Pavel Bure, 437-342=779
Notable players selected 113rd overall: McKay, Bure, Mike Eaves, Roman Turek

PICK #144
1981 – Peter Sawkins / No NHL stats
1989 – Ted Kramer / No NHL stats
2006 – Martin Nolet / No NHL stats
Number of players selected 144th overall to play in the NHL: 13
Most GP by player selected 144th overall: Matt Cooke, 1,046
Most points by player selected 144th overall: Cooke, 167-231=398
Notable players selected 144th overall: Cooke, Gary Howatt, Brent Sopel, Cody McCormick, Darcy Wakaluk

PICK #165
1981 – Dan Brennan / 8 GP, 0-1=1
1989 – Sean Whyte / 21 GP, 0-2=2
2000 – Nathan Marsters / No NHL stats
Number of players selected 165th overall to play in the NHL: 9
Most GP by player selected 165th overall: Byron Ritchie, 324
Most points by player selected 165th overall: Ritchie, 25-33=58
Notable players selected 165th overall: Michael Leighton

PICK #175
1988 – Jim Larkin / No NHL stats
1990 – Denis Leblanc / No NHL stats
Number of players selected 175th overall to play in the NHL: 13
Most GP by player selected 175th overall: Patrik Sundstrom, 679
Most points by player selected 175th overall: Sundstrom, 219-369=588
Notable players selected 175th overall: Sundstrom, Ryane Clowe, Matthew Benning

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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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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