Is There a Draft in Here?


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As you may (or probably may not) have noticed, The Royal Half has been on a little bit of hiatus the last few weeks. But starting next Thursday, The Royal Half will be live from the NHL Draft in beautiful downtown Los Angeles. We’ll be on the ground giving you a fans perspective of what it feels like to have the NHL draft under the giant shade of… palm trees? I don’t have a fancy press pass like I’m sure other, more prominent LA Kings Bloggers might have… but I’m pretty sure Dean Lombardi will still ask me to come up and make a short speech before he announces the Kings’ first pick.

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The NHL Draft, concrete jungle where goofy smiles are made of.

For some reason, I’m more interested in the NHL Draft being in Los Angeles than I was with the All Star Game being here in 2002. Maybe it’s because the logo was so lame.

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Oh, I get it. Stars.

I think I’m excited about the NHL Draft in Los Angeles because for the first time in 5 years I won’t have to actually worry about who the Kings are drafting. Sure, the LA Kings have the 19th overall pick… nothing to shake a carbon-fiber stick at… but as a long suffering Kings fan, it’s very satisfying to not be in the Top 5.

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You think we are gonna pay for Kovalchuk?
Kovalchuk is gonna pay me to play.

So if you are coming out to the Draft and would like to chat about famous moments in Los Angeles Kings’ draft history such as trading the pick that would be Ray Bourque for a backup goalie, taking Aki Berg 3rd, Wayne McBean 4th, Lauri Tukonen 11th or Brian Boyle 26th overall… just hit me up on email or twitter for a good time.

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The greatest score of Wayne McBean’s professional hockey career.

In other, non-Draft news, the Los Angeles Kings continue their quest to become Philadelphia Flyers West by offering the recently vacated assistant coach job to John Stevens, the coach who was fired this season before the team went on its run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Honestly, as long as Stevens knows how to work the penalty kill, I’m fine with the Kings bringing another Philly boy out to LA. I mean, it’s worked before, right?

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The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.