Kings move up to No. 2 in draft, but lottery winner is a mystery

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Kings President Luc Robitaille looked around the room, from the TV screen to general manager Rob Blake to the small camera set up in front of them and then back to the TV.

He smiled, chuckled and began comprehending what just happened, what it all meant.

The Kings didn't lose the NHL draft lottery Friday, not by a longshot, moving up to the No. 2 overall pick despite finishing with the league's fourth-worst point percentage. But they didn't win it either. Really, nobody did, at least not yet.

The NHL's top pick will go to one of the eight teams that will lose in the league's newly created playoff qualification round, an unlikely quirk come true as a result of the coronavirus-delayed season. In the immediate aftermath, nobody was quite sure how to feel.

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"We're hockey people," Robitaille said on the team's in-house podcast. "The minute you [know you're] in the top three, you go, 'Man, we need to be No. 1.' That's how you start thinking."

Instead, the Kings will pick second, likely nullifying their chances of drafting consensus top prospect Alexis Lafreniere but still leaving them in position to boost their rebuild with a top-tier selection.

It will be the highest the Kings have drafted since 2008, when they took defenseman Drew Doughty second overall, and the fourth time in franchise history they will pick from the No. 2 slot.

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"We're pretty excited," Robitaille said. "We trustMark [Yannetti, director of amateur scouting] and his…
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