Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 11/3/11
In the early days of expansion, the city of angels pursued "name" hockey players just like New York City. Because of it, most of the early stars for the Los Angeles Kings were acquired for picks and prospects. It did not go well in the standings. Rogie Vachon was a helluva goalie, and Marcel Dionne (above photo) was an exceptional offensive talent. The universal draft was introduced in 1969, but the Kings didn't make a first round pick until 1975. They acquired the following players for all of those first round picks: 1969: LAK dealt their first round pick in '69 (Minnesota acquired it from Montreal and used it on D Dick Redmond) and '72 (that turned into Steve Shutt) to Montreal for Goaltender Gerry Desjardins, who would turn into a journeyman goalie through the 70s. 1970: LAK got C Skip Krake and Boston acquired the draft pick that turned into Reggie Leach. Krake was a solid checking C and Leach was a featured sniper on one of the 70s best teams. 1971: LAK got L Ross Lonsberry (a...
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