LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings pose with the Stanley Cup as he arrives before the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Draft 2012: Ducks And Kings Look To Stock Up

The Los Angeles Kings pick 30th in Round 1 of the 2012 NHL draft, and have six more picks throughout the next six rounds.

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2012 NHL Draft: Ducks Gain First Ever Local Draft Pick In Irvine's Nic Kerdiles

The Anaheim Ducks selected Nicolas Kerdiles in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, making the young center from Irvine the first local player ever drafted by the Ducks. Kerdiles grew up in Irvine watching the team, he told the LA Times, and wasn't surprised by the pick:

"I was 9 years old and I believe they played the Dallas Stars because I loved watching Mike Modano and he was one of my idols," Kerdiles said in a telephone interview from Pittsburgh. "That was a special day for me."

So was Saturday. He said it was hard sitting through the first round Friday, waiting and watching.

"I knew if I wasn’t going to go in the first round, there was a good chance that the Ducks would take me at 36. It worked out well for me," Kerdiles said.

The Ducks didn't pick him because of his address, though, the young man has plenty of value as a prospect. SB Nation's Ducks blog Anaheim Calling was pleased with the selection:

The Ducks certainly got value with this pick by adding the big, burly, homegrown winger to the organization with the 36th pick. Kerdiles gives the Ducks a natural shooting left-wing in their system, something they have been lacking in the organization for years now. Most notably, Kerdiles literally fits the bill, as Bob Murray has mentioned recently he's interested in restoring the size the team used to pummel their way to a Stanley Cup five years ago. Although he's not a center, he'll do. Grade: A

Kerdiles has a decorated young career. He led the U.S. National Under-18 team with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points in 50 games, and also ranked first on the team with seven power play goals. He won gold at the 2011 and 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championships with that team, and picked up five points with two goals and three assissts in the 2012 gold medal game against Sweeden. Like all young prospects he has a lot of development to do, but if things go right the Anaheim Ducks may have their first ever local star on their hands.

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2012 NHL Draft: Kings Select Defenseman Nick Ebert In Round 7

With their final pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the 211th pick overall and the very last pick of the event, the Los Angeles Kings have selected Nick Ebert, a 5'11" 205lb defenseman from Red Bank, NJ. Ebert had been seen as a potential high round pick, but the fact that he failed to match his point totals from his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League caused his draft stock to fall significantly.

After scoring 41 points in 64 games in his rookie OHL season, Ebert followed it up in the 2011-2012 season with only 39 points in 66 games. His performance over the season led to questions about both his game intelligence and his work ethic, which drove him to the bottom of the draft.

Here's a complete rundown of the picks the Los Angeles Kings made in the 2012 NHL Draft:

Round 1: Tanner Pearson, LW (30th overall)

Round 4: Nikolay Prokhorkin, LW (121st overall)

Round 5: Colin Miller, D (151st overall)

Round 6: Tomas Hyka, RW (171st overall)

Round 6: Paul Ladue, D (181st overall)

Round 7: Nick Ebert, D (211th overall)

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NHL Draft 2012 Results: Anaheim Selects Five Defensemen In Eight Picks

The Anaheim Ducks had eight picks in the 2012 NHL Draft and spent five of those picks on defensemen, including their first round pick on Friday, Hampus Lindholm.

On Saturday, the Ducks continued their attempt to sure up a defense that was 19th in the league in goals against with 2.7 allowed per game.

With the no. 36 overall pick of the second round, the Ducks selected American LW Nicolas Kerdiles. At no. 87 overall in the third round, the Ducks selected G Frederick Andersen out of Denmark. In round 4, the Ducks added Canadians C Kevin Roy (no. 97) and D Andrew O'Brien (no. 108). In round 5, the Ducks selected American D Brian Cooper and added Canadian D Kenton Helgesen with the no. 187 overall pick of the seventh round. Finally, the Ducks' draft ended with the selection of American D Jaycob Megna with pick no. 211 overall of the seventh round.

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NHL Draft Results: Kings Make Four More Selections

The Los Angeles Kings did not have a draft pick in the second and third rounds but have picked up players in each of the last three rounds in their first draft as Stanley Cup champions.

With the no. 121 overall pick in round 4, the Kings selected LW Nikolay Prokhorkin out of Russia. At no. 151 overall in round 5, the Kings selected D Colin Miller out of Canada. And in round 6, the Kings selected RW Tomas Hyka out of the Czech Republic with pick no. 171 and American D Paul Ladue with pick no. 181.

The Kings still have pick no. 211 in round 7 to round out their set of picks. On Friday, the Kings selected LW Tanner Pearson with the 30th pick overall. Pearson is currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League and is someone who has truly earned his opportunity to play in the NHL after not being selected in two previous drafts.

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NHL Draft Results: Ducks Fans Weigh In On The Hampus Lindholm Pick

The Anaheim Ducks made their first pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on Friday night and their selection was a bit puzzling to some. The Ducks selected Hampus Lindholm as the No. 6 overall pick. Lindholm was not considered a Top 10 pick in most analysis leading up to the draft. Some Ducks fans feel the pick may have been a mistake.

Daniel at Anaheim Calling weighs in on the first Ducks draft pick of 2012:

My overall impression is this: I'm not unhappy with the player, I'm unhappy with the pick. Here's an article on Lindholm praising him as a sleeper in thie year's draft. He was definitely on other people's radar. However, I think the Ducks passed on a few players who were seen as more consensus picks in their range and they missed a chance to trade down 2-3 slots and still get their player. I'm not sure what Murray was being offered for this pick, but if he had a chance to move down he probably should have taken it. Lindholm will play here, and he'll probably enjoy some top 4 minutes while he does it. I just hope the Ducks don't regret passing on that bevy of elite prospects.

Lindholm will be heading back to Sweden for another year before trying to break into the NHL with the Ducks, so this isn't any sort of quick-fix solution in the minds of the Ducks front office.

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NHL Draft Results: Fans Weigh In On No. 30 Pick Tanner Pearson

The Los Angeles Kings now have their first draft pick of 2012 to go along with their shiny new Stanley Cup. On Friday, the Kings participated in the 2012 NHL Draft and used their No. 30 overall pick to select left winger Tanner Pearson.

Niesy at Jewels From the Crown has this to say about Pearson:

Described as a gritty, defensively-responsible forward, he is also a gifted passer who surprised everyone by becoming one of the OHL's leading scorers last season.

While other teams are more intrigued with the possible upside of 17-year-olds, this pick fits a lot of patterns shown by the scouting staff. The Kings have chosen players passed over by previous drafts before (Wayne Simmonds in 2007, Andrew Campbell in 2008, and Andy Andreoff in 2011). Futa is a former GM with a lot of connections in the OHL, and that league is one of their favorite fishing holes. Most importantly, almost everything about this player shouts "LA Kings style hockey." He's billed as a two-way player who gives full effort in every shift.

Many talented, highly ranked players remain on the board. But after winning the Cup with a certain philosophy, they probably feel confident seeking out more players in that mold.

Pearson is said to possess an extremely keen hockey mind. The Kings will hope that the 19-year-old can live up to his potential.

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NHL Draft Results: Kings Select Tanner Pearson At No. 30 Overall

The Los Angeles Kings are coming off the best season in franchise history. They made it into the Stanley Cup playoffs by the skin of their teeth, but once into the postseason they went on a tear that didn't stop until they had won their first-ever NHL title. Now, with Stanley Cup in tow, they begin the road to next season. On Friday, the Kings made their first pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

As recipients of the Cup, the Kings held the last pick in the first round, at No. 30 overall. They used their pick to select Tanner Pearson, a left winger currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League. Here is what Matt Brigidi has to say about Pearson:

Passed over twice in previous drafts, the Los Angeles has finally given Pearson the opportunity to display his abilities at the next level. A serviceable skater, his true talent shines through with his excellent vision and crisp passing that helps him begin rushes with ease.

Realistically, Pearson will need to improve his skating skills in order to be a viable entity at the next level but if he can grow into his six-foot, 200 pound frame, he may be able to use his wit to make up for any other deficiencies.

The Kings are hoping their pick will grow into a valuable player for the team, but right now just about nothing can rain on their parade.

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NHL Draft Results: Ducks Select Hampus Lindholm At No. 6 Overall

The Anaheim Ducks had a rather forgettable 2011-12 NHL season. They finished with the worst record in the Pacific Division and one of the worst records in hockey overall. At least one good thing came out of their rough year, however: the Ducks held a very high first round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The first round of the draft is underway on Friday night in Pittsburgh and the Ducks have already made their first pick.

With the No. 6 overall pick, the Ducks selected Hampus Lindholm, a defenseman currently playing in the Swedish Elite League. Here is what Mat Wagner of SB Nation has to say about Lindholm:

Born in Helsingborg, Sweden, Lindholm was ranked as the fourth overall European skater by NHL Central Scouting, and ranked 15th overall by TSN in their June 2012 draft rankings.

A puck-moving defenseman with an impressive transition game, Lindholm is not afraid to join the rush and contribute offensively, but also possesses the skills to product the puck in his own end without becoming a liability. As part of a squad that pushed Rogle from Sweden's second tier, HockeyAllsvenskan, into the elite league, he has received raves for his ability to perform against mature competition and is expected to adjust well to the NHL game.

The Ducks can certainly use some reinforcements for next season. Lindholm is a good start.

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2012 NHL Draft: Complete Television Schedule, First Round Order And More

The 2012 NHL Draft begins Friday night at 7:00p.m. EST (4:00p.m. PST). The Los Angeles Kings pick 30th in Round 1.

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NHL Draft Order 2012: Edmonton Has First Pick, Kings Pick 30th And Have 6 Picks In Total

The Los Angeles Kings pick 30th in Round 1 of the 2012 NHL draft, and have six more picks throughout the next six rounds.

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