Los Angeles Kings: Top 2012 Draft Needs, Targeted Prospects and Predictions

June 5th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in nearly 20 years, and they are fortunate to have a complete team with very few weaknesses.

With a number of talented prospects already in their system, the 2012 NHL draft won't be as important to Los Angeles as it will be to many other teams.

When the Kings acquired Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, they gave up defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick. The Blue Jackets can either take the Kings' first-round pick this year or next year. Since the Kings will pick 29th or 30th, the Blue Jackets will likely take next year's first-rounder.

One thing the Kings may look to do in the draft is add some power forwards to their organization so they can allow Dustin Penner and Jarrett Stoll to leave in free agency this summer.

With star goaltender Jonathan Quick expected to get a massive contract this summer or next, the Kings can't be signing players like Penner and expect to re-sign their franchise netminder to the deal he wants.

Let's look at who the Kings should target in the draft and in upcoming ...

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