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D Drew Doughty

1x NHL 2nd Team All Star
1x NHL 1st Rookie All Star
1x Olympic Gold Medalist(youngest member of team)
1x World Championships Silver Medalist
3rd Norris Trophy Voting, 2010
2x Top 24 Points Among Defensemen(3, 24)
ES TOI/G Ranks: 1, 1, 1
TOI/G Ranks: 1, 1, 1
TOI/G Ranks in NHL(50 game minimum): 5, 12, 25
11 points in 12 career playoff games
126 points in 239 career regular season games

Drew Doughty was born on December 8, 1989 in London Ontario. He had a standout junior career for the Guelph Storm and was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

In what many were calling the best draft in years, Doughty was taken second overall by the Los Angeles King in 2008 and to the surprise of many, the defender cracked the Kings lineup out of his very first training camp.

Doughty's first NHL campaign was a steady build, but his continuous improvement throughout the year showed that the Kings had selected wisely at the draft the previous June and culminated with his addition to the Canadian team at the 2009 World Hockey Championships.

In 2010, Doughty's career continued on the fast track, he was the youngest member of the Canadian team that captured gold on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

"We felt that Drew Doughty in this case is little bit more complete a player and based on how he played at the world championships and saw him play in big games that he was a better fit for us," said Yzerman. "I'll just simply say the seven defencemen we picked were the seven we liked the best."
-Steve Yzerman

Without going into too much detail, these numbers show that Doughty's a solid option at even-strength, penalty killing, and on the power play. To start with, Doughty's numbers show that he faces tough opposition while playing for the LA Kings. At even strength, Doughty produces 1.1 points per sixty minutes of icetime along with a positive goal differential of +.6 goals scored for the Kings while he is on the ice, again per sixty minutes. In comparison, the Flames defensemen (Bouwmeester, Phaneuf, Regehr) are in the range of .47-.67 which gives the edge to Doughty at even-strength. Mike Green edges out Doughty here at 1.64 points/60 along with a goal differential of +1.72/60.

Shorthanded, Doughty is the Kings best penalty killer in terms of defensemen. He allows a very respectable 4.54 goals against per sixty minutes of ice time while killing penalties. That's about on par with Robyn Regehr, better than Dion Phaneuf or Mike Green, and not quite as good as Jay Bouwmeester.

On the power play, Doughty produces 5.18 points per sixty minutes of ice time. Again, in comparison ,the previous Flames defensemen range from a low of 2.19 (Bouwmeester) to a high of 3.15 (Phaneuf) which again supports Doughty's greater relative effectiveness. Even the much heralded offense of Mike Green has been slightly lower on the power play this season than Doughty (Green is 5.03 pts/60).

In conclusion, Drew Doughty's a young player with great draft pedigree who's already a very well-rounded defensemen at the NHL level. The numbers themselves suggest that he's a better option this season than any of the three Calgary defensemen invited to Team Canada's camp and probably better than Mike Green.

When done correctly, the game of hockey is a beautiful thing to watch, and when Drew Doughty winds it up for an end-to-end rush, it’s about as good as it gets.

Doughty’s foremost strength is his offensive prowess. He is constantly helping forwards create chances offensively, and if he isn’t providing support on the boards, he’s carrying the puck up ice and creating chances via his skates and his passing ability.

On the power-play, Doughty sports a great shot and his skating/pivoting ability make him a great threat on the man-advantage. He’ll shoot the puck from everywhere and directs the flow of the play with his vision and passing abilities.

But don’t discount what he can do in the defensive zone. Doughty’s strengths defensively come from his cool demeanor, his ability to skate the puck and his smarts. Rarely does Doughty make an ill advised pass or get caught out of position. He showed his defensive prowess this year in the world stage as he continually played solid hockey during international competitions.

Keith and especially Doughty, quickly emerged as Canada’s very best players in the Olympic tournament.

All that changed in Vancouver, as Doughty was, arguably, Canada’s best player throughout the Olympic tournament, despite going into the Olympics being thought of as Canada’s number seven defensemen, one who would see far less ice time than the veterans ahead of him, including 2000 Norris Trophy winner Chris Pronger and future Hall-of-Famer and 2004 Norris Trophy recipient Scott Niedermayer.

But Doughty not only got onto the ice, he quickly became Canadian head coach Mike Babcock’s go-to defenseman. Indeed, it was Doughty who was holding down the fort on Team Canada’s blue line in the most critical situations, at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty-kill.

Doughty’s play during the Olympics generated a definite buzz in the hockey media that did not wane after the Olympics. Rather, it continued through the announcement that he was one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy on April 23 and into the NHL playoffs.

“He is deserving, absolutely,” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “There has to be a lot of consideration for him. His statistics, his points and, most importantly, his defensive play—he’s a high-plus player. He plays lots of minutes, critical minutes. That earns him the right to get some consideration.”

ASSETS: Plays with the poise and composure that bely his youth. Has excellent instincts in all three zones and is an outstanding passer.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite offensive defenseman with all-around ability.

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