How the L.A. Kings were built
May, 30, 2012
By Alvin Chang | ESPN Insider
Kim Klement/US PresswireThe Kings drafted Anze Kopitar No. 11 in 2005, and he's still been a huge steal.In 2010, we talked about how the Chicago Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup with a true homegrown team. Well, they had 10 homegrown players on their roster. Last year's champion, the Boston Bruins had five.
So when I went to dig out the results for the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, I didn't expect much. Because, since 2000, they've found NHL talent at a slightly above-average rate, and the value from each pick has been only average. In all, their drafting has been mediocre.