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Kings have seven picks in the NHL Draft

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have seven selections in the 2012 NHL Draft, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh.

The first round of the draft will take place on Friday with rounds two through seven of the draft taking place on Saturday.

After winning the Stanley Cup, the Kings have the final pick of the first round but the Columbus Blue Jackets have the option of using the Kings' first-round selection in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Draft. Columbus acquired that option along with defenseman Jack Johnson when the Kings acquired Jeff Carter from the Blue Jackets on Feb. 23. Columbus doesn’t need to make a decision until Friday during the draft.

If Columbus passes on the option this year, former NHL scout Grant Sonier projects the Kings will take center Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets (WHL), who patterns his game after Kings center Mike Richards.

If the Blue Jackets do use the Kings’ first round pick, barring a trade, the Kings would not draft until the fourth round with the 121st pick.

The following is a list of the Kings round-by-round selections in this year’s draft: