A look back at 2003 draft - LA Kings Insider

Not that anyone really forgets this, but this week served as good reminder of just how impressive the 2003 NHL Draft was. Monday’s game at Nashville featured four players from the first round of that draft — Ryan Suter (No. 7), Jeff Carter (No. 11), Dustin Brown (No. 13) and Mike Richards (No. 24) — not to mention second-round pick Shea Weber and first-round pick Andrei Kostitsyn (No. 10), whom the Predators acquired on Monday. Coming up on Saturday is the Anaheim Ducks, with Ryan Getzlaf (No. 19) and Corey Perry (No. 28).

Among the 30 players selected in the first round that year, 18 have played at least 400 career NHL games, and 12 have totaled more than 300 points. (Consider that the 2002 draft has only four players with more than 300 points, and the 2004 draft has two players.) Then there’s the second round, with Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Carle and David Backes, and a host of players, all the way down through the ninth round, who have made nice NHL careers for themselves.

For the Kings, 2003 will be remembered, in part, as the year they took Brian Boyle at No. 26 and Jeff Tambellini at No. 27, minutes before the Ducks took Perry at No. 28. Boyle and Tambellini have combined for 129 NHL points, while Perry has 419. Then again, every team has those what-if moments. Almost every team passed on Shea Weber (No. 49), and many passed two or three times.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.