Building a Team: LA Kings

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  1. Dempsey

    Dempsey Registered User

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    For the second time since the club started a four-year rebuild in 2005, the HFNHL LA Kings returned to the Stanley Cup finals again in 2017. In 2011 they won the HFNHL Stanley Cup. In 2017 they fell short. Yet all of the core remains in-tact, still together after all these years.

    Lets take a look at how the Kings were built to get a better understanding of how this contender came together. My hope is that other teams follow suit and post their teams' list.

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    Patrick Kane - Drafted 2nd overall in 2007
    Jamie Benn - Drafted 181st overall in 2007
    Mark Scheifele - Drafted 10th overall in 2011
    Brad Marchand - Drafted 81st overall in 2006
    Max Pacioretty - Acquired in eight-player trade with Flyers in 2011
    Sean Couturier - Drafted 5th overall in 2011
    Ryan Hartman - Drafted 24th overall in 2013
    Mattias Janmark - Drafted 86th overall in 2014
    Andrew Copp - Drafted 143rd overall in 2013
    Chris VandeVelde - Acquired as trade throw-in in 2011
    Joe Colborne - Acquired in a cap dump trade in 2016
    Drew Miller - Signed as UFA in 2017

    Defensemen

    Alex Pietrangelo - Drafted 4th overall in 2008
    TJ Brodie - Acquired for Brian Rolston in 2011; traded away in Pacioretty deal; re-acquired for Ludvig Bystrom in 2012
    Jaccob Slavin - Drafted 115th overall in 2012
    Colton Parayko - Drafted 105th overall in 2013
    Niklas Hjalmarsson - Drafted 67th overall in 2005
    Mark Stuart - Acquired in multi-player trade in 2011

    Goaltending

    Braden Holtby - Acquired for Dennis Wideman in 2011

    Other players have come and gone, but the Kings' core was primarily built years ago through the draft. Each year the salary cap catches up more and more to the Kings. Last year long-time LA King Alex Steen was dealt, along with Datsyuk's retirement. Next year another big name will surely have to go.

    So there is the Kings' story of how a team was built. Anyone care to make this a bit of a series and post their team?
     
  2. Ohio Jones

    Ohio Jones Game on...

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    Nice work, Mike - a solid drafting record makes all the difference in building a strong foundation.
     
  3. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    You have built a great team and I was fortunate to beat you in the finals. The fact you stole Brodie twice probably is probably why you lost though (karma). ;-)

    You are stocked at all positions, many teams dont have 1 player of the quality that you have about 10 of. You are a Pre season favourite for certain.

    i will submit a similar story when I have time, great idea!
     
  4. Canuck09

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    Pretty crazy that a team this good only has 7 players that didn't come from within. Very impressive draft results. Especially so when considering 7 of those drafted players came outside the top 2 rounds.

    I'd be curious to do my own but with a good chunk of my roster being cap filler while waiting on my own group of early picks to pan out it wouldn't have the same impact.
     
  5. CopperAndBlueGM

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    That really is impressive. Kudos on some great drafting mike.
     

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