For the last several years we’ve looked forward to draft day in a big way. When you have a top 10, hell, a top 5 pick, it’s easy to do and a welcome party as one of the few times that your silt-sucking franchise gets to be the belle of the ball. Two years ago it was in Los Angeles and we had such a ball sitting around, cheering for Derek Forbort even though we had no idea who the he was, booing Gary Bettman as is perfunctory for the home town crowd when he appears for any other reason than to present the Stanley Cup, booing the Ducks was particularly amusing, even though it was a bit cruel for Emerson Etem’s first NHL experience to be one of supposedly undeserved venom.
Last year was the first year of Dean Lombardi’s tenure that he didn’t have a first round draft pick, and boy were we sore at that, having wasted it on that lump of batter Dustin Penner. Much would have preferred to have that first round pick.
When the Kings traded for Jeff Carter, they threw in another 1st round draft choice, however we didn’t know which one. If we were to make the playoffs then Columbus would have the option of taking our pick this year or next. At the time of the trade, this was a big deal. I mean if we missed the playoffs AND had no first round pick for the second year in a row, boy howdy, another reason we all had Lombardi’s place in the unemployment line reserved with ass tattoo-scented candles leading the way.
And then we won the Stanley Cup. How many of you have randomly turned to a friend, family member or stranger in the last week and said out of the blue, with zero context, “We won the Stanley Cup.”? I do it daily. I make a point of having people read to me the information my glorious hat informs.
Since the puck dropped against Vancouver in the first round, all thoughts of the draft fled my mind. I thought once the playoffs were over for the Kings that my attention would refocus on the draft. It was after all, such a delightful time in recent Kings history. Well, the draft is today and frankly, I don’t give a shit.
Will we select 30th today, or will Columbus opt to take our pick? Don’t care.
Will there be a lot of trade action going on, Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, first round picks being swapped more generously than Doughty’s spit with Hemorsa Beach floozies? Not my problem.
Will I even watch the damn thing? Probably, but only to hear 29 general managers say “First off we would like to congratulate the Los Angeles Kings on winning the Stanley Cup.”
I couldn’t even tell you who the top prospect is in the draft this year. Wait, that’s incorrect, I remember reading about some kid named Nail. No idea who he is or what position he plays, but the name stuck with me because I couldn’t help but muse at the redundancy of a broadcaster exclaiming ‘Nail scores!’.
Normally Scribe or myself would have broken down some of the hot prospects. Our winning the Cup doesn’t take away from the excitement of potential a fresh group of victims for the NHL slaughter promises, but we’ve just been feeling a bit too… Championy.
So let today come and go, let Hammond write about it with the same enthusiasm that he wrote about the Kings winning the Cup (known colloquially as “zippity do da”), let whichever fan base of whichever team that sucked so bad as to have a top five draft pick get all riled up and thrilled.
When a man is poor and strikes it rich people say that he should remember his roots. I used to believe in that. That was before we won a Stanley Cup.
Fuck that. Fuck the draft.
We won the Stanley fucking Cup!