The Los Angeles Kings have the 2nd Overall Pick in the Draft, Which Defenseman do they Take

April 8th, 2008 | Posted by admin in LA Kings

The Los Angeles Kings lost the NHL draft lottery to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Finally something went right for the Kings this season.  Had the Kings won the 1st overall pick they would have been very tempted to draft Steve Stamkos, but the Kings don’t need help on the offensive front.  The Kings are stacked with young talent up front, including Kopitar, Brown, Camalleri, O’Sullivan, Frolov, plus they have more forwards waiting in the minors, inluding Brian Boyle, Ted Purcell and Trevor Lewis.

The Los Angeles Kings desperately need help defensively and in goal, although, potential star Jonathon Bernier will fill the role in the near future.  The Kings are small and weak on defense.  Jack Johnson and Lubomir Visnovsky are the only 2 players that currently fill the roster that are guaranteed to be around a while.  1st round draft pick from last year, Thomas Hickey, had a great year in Juniors this year, but is another smallish offensive defensman.  The Kings need a defenseman that is willing to stand up to opposing players in front of the net.  Something that Jack Johnson was getting better at towards the end of the season.

Now the Kings have the 2nd overall draft pick in the 2008 NHL draft and they will likely have a choice between 3 very good defensemen. Drew Doughty is an incredible skater and has a booming shot.  Doughty, who plays for the Guelph Storm averages about a point per game and will likely pan out to be a great player in the NHL.  Zach Bogosian plays for the Peterborough Petes and is a 6’2″ bruising defenseman that has also put up good numbers in juniors.  The final player is Alex Pietrangelo of the Niagara IceDogs.  Pietrangelo is 6’4″ and is a solid all around player.

If I were Dean Lombardi I would pick either Bogosian or Doughty.  I think both players will be solid NHL defensemen for years to come.  Your thoughts?

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