Profiles in Excellence: Drew Doughty
The Hockey Guys Anthony Curatolo profiles the young career of Los Angeles Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty.
Drew Doughty has made quite the impression for the Los Angeles Kings.
It didn’t take long for Doughty, who went from spending three seasons in the OHL to head into the NHL Entry Draft, and then directly into a Kings jersey and a spot on the opening night roster. Doughty did not expect to impress the Kings that quickly and was surprised to make the team directly out of his first training camp.
Drew Doughty was born on December 8, 1989 in London, Ontario, Canada.
It all started for Doughty when was selected by the Guelph Storm as the fifth overall selection in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection draft. During his inaugural season he scored five goals and 33 points for the Storm. He was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team on defence.
In his three seasons with the Guelph Storm, Doughty put up fantastic numbers. In 190 OHL games played, he scored 39 goals and added 118 helpers for 157 points. He was named the OHLs most outstanding defenseman in 2007-08.
Heading into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Doughty was ranked as the third best North American prospect. When Doughty was selected by the Kings, it was a dream come true. He had grown up a Kings fan and wanted to play in Los Angeles. Double the pleasure as not only did his dream to become an NHL player come true but, being selected by the Kings added to the joy.
Nine days after making his NHL debut on October 11th, 2008 against the San Jose Sharks as an 18 year old, Doughty scored his first National Hockey League goal on October 20th, 2008.
Number eight had an impressive rookie campaign for the Kings scoring six goals and adding twenty-one assists. Although he was a minus-17 with the Kings, it was an expected attribute. He was selected to the NHL young-stars game during last year’s All-Star weekend festivities and was also named to the NHL All-Rookie team.
A sign of things to come? At a vibrant young age of 20, you better believe it.
Doughty has made strides from his rookie campaign into this season.
As of today, Doughty has skated in 73 games for the Kings. He has 15 goals and 39 assists for 54 points and is a plus-17.
He was a key figure of Team Canada’s blue line during the 2010 Winter Olympics, helping Canada earn Gold.
As a key member of the Kings blueline, Doughty plays in all situations. He averages 25 minutes of ice time a night and has become the teams power play quarterback.
Defensively responsible, offensively gifted, skates like the wind and hits like a truck, Doughty is the absolute complete package.
Norris Trophy Candidate?
The impressive stats that Doughty has put up this season all but make him a lock for a Norris Trophy nomination. In this writers opinion, it will come down to Doughty, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blachawks.
An impressive bunch to have your name associated with.
The fact that Doughty represented his country and played for the pride of Canada during the Olympic games is an added bonus to boost his chances. I fully understand that these trophies are given out based on NHL play, but when you listen to or read most of the NHL analysts, many of them mention Ryan Miller and his performance for the United States while discussing the Vezina candidates for this year.
Last year’s Norris winner, Zdeno Chara, had similar numbers to Doughty of this season. As of today, Doughty actually has better stats when comparing to the season Chara had last year.
Dean Lombardi has an absolute stud on the blue line; a pure franchise player.
All of Hockeywood hopes to see Doughty in the purple, silver and back for a very long time. If not this season, you can absolutely expect to see Doughty come home with, no not just one but, many Norris trophies as his career continues.