Grading Dean Lombardi’s First Round Picks As Los Angeles Kings GM

Grading Dean Lombardi's First Round Picks As Los Angeles Kings GM

Dean Lombardi
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The Los Angeles Kings won the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cups with good mixtures of home grown talent, coupled with free agents and trade acquisitions. Dean Lombardi has had a mixed bag at the NHL Draft since taking over the General Manager position in 2006, with some of his picks developing into NHL stars and others being out of the league entirely.

8. Colten Teubert

Colten Teubert
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8. Colten Teubert

Colten Teubert
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The hard-hitting defenseman from the Regina Pats was drafted 13th overall in 2008. He was traded to the Oilers as part of a package that sent Dustin Penner to the Kings. After being unable to crack the woeful Oilers, Teubert took his talents to Germany where he played last season.

7. Thomas Hickey

Thomas Hickey
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7. Thomas Hickey

Thomas Hickey
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A gamble with the 4th overall pick in the 2007 Draft, the former Seattle Thunderbird appeared to have intriguing offensive upside. After bouncing around junior hockey and the AHL for over six years, the “bust” label was attached to him. After being claimed on waivers by the Islanders, Hickey has developed into a depth defenseman at the NHL roster.

6. Derek Forbort

Derek Forbort
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6. Derek Forbort

Derek Forbort
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The Kings took the defenseman 15th overall in 2010 and continue to be patient in his development. After three seasons at the University of North Dakota he just finished his first professional season in the AHL, and with Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene pending free agents, Forbort has a shot to make the Kings roster next season.

5. Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis
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5. Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis
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The speedster was the 17th pick in 2006 and while his offensive game never translated to the pro level, his speed and penalty-killing acumen has been a big part of the Kings’ success in recent years. While cynics can say Claude Giroux went 5 picks later, the Kings’ team success with Trevor Lewis is undeniable.

4. Tanner Pearson

Tanner Pearson
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4. Tanner Pearson

Tanner Pearson
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The former Barrie Colt was passed over entirely in the 2010 and 2011 drafts before the Kings took him with the 30th pick in 2012. Given his play in this year’s playoffs it’ll surprise no one to see him rise on the list in years to come.

3. Jonathan Bernier

Jonathan Bernier
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3. Jonathan Bernier

Jonathan Bernier
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The Kings drafted the former Quebec League star with the 11th pick of the 2006 draft with eyes to him being the team’s goalie of the future. Given Jonathan Quick’s development into a superstar, the Kings traded the netminder to Toronto last year where he has established himself as a legit #1 goalie in the NHL.

2. Brayden Schenn

Brayden Schenn
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2. Brayden Schenn

Brayden Schenn
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The fifth overall pick in 2009 was compared favorably to Mike Richards, after two years of shutting between the Kings, junior hockey and the AHL, he was traded to the Flyers FOR Richards. Since becoming a Flyer, Schenn has become a great, gritty center that plays in all situations.

1. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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1. Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty
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Doughty went #2 in the 2008 Draft and he would have been the Kings’ pick if they had the #1 pick, who ending being Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos. Doughty has become one of the league’s preeminent defensemen, winning two Olympic Gold Medals with Canada and two Stanley Cups in L.A. since joining the Kings as a teenager in 2008.

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