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Kings sign Drew Doughty

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08-11-2008, 03:17 PM
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Kings sign Drew Doughty

http://kings.nhl.com/team/app/?servi...ticleid=379555

Standard three-year entry level deal.


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Do the Kings expect him to play the majority of his games in the NHL next year?

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I can't wait to see him in the NHL.

Hopefully not TOO soon, since he might not be ready. That's a scary defensive core that LA has for the future.

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We do expect him to play.

So far our D looks like this....Greene, Johnson, Preissing, Gauthier, and Peter Harrold. That's 5 guys with Harrold and Gauthier being fringe guys. Doughty would make 6 if he makes it but the Kings are also in the market for a vet D would make 7, which is what I think the Kings are shooting for.

If we sign a guys like Hedican, Markov, or trade for a guy he will be in the top 4 forcing Gauthier to the #7 spot unless Doughty disapoints in camp. Then Doughty goes back to juniors, Gauthier becomes a #6 guy and the Kings use a spare part in Manchester as #7.

I don't see that happening though...Doughty will probably make the top 6 and the Kings will sign a left handed vet on D.

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Do the Kings expect him to play the majority of his games in the NHL next year?
DL is as meticulous and careful with bringing prospects up as there is and it's not like he's facing pressure from ownership to win now and start rushing prospects up since we're in the middle of an obvious rebuild. So, he won't be rushed.

But the opportunity is there for him to come into camp and if he performs well, he won't be blocked from competing for an opening day start. The hope is definitely for him to play the majority, if not, the entire year in LA.

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Doughty is 220 and an awesome skater. theres no reason he cant be thrown into the fire now with how wretched the Kings are going to be. not that they cant be competitive each night but over the long haul it will be tough. it seems they had this planned for a while anyhow with letting all the older guys go (Blake and Visnovsky). he should be learning a lot though on the defensive end with tons of situations. Johnson, Doughty and even Greene will all have plenty of time in the defensive zone to hone their game. Doughty to improve his overall game. hopefully he gets a lot of PP time.

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I can't wait to see him in the NHL.

Hopefully not TOO soon, since he might not be ready. That's a scary defensive core that LA has for the future.
I hope you don't mean Greene / Preissing / Johnson / Gauthier / Harrold / Doughty...






But..

Johnson - Doughty
Teubert - Hickey
Voinov - Greene
Harrold / Martinez / Bagnall / Piskula /

that's pretty damn good. And if we're bad enough to land Hedman... well, that would just be super.


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I hope you don't mean Greene / Preissing / Johnson / Gauthier / Harrold / Doughty...






But..

Johnson - Doughty
Teubert - Hickey
Martinez - Greene
Harrold / Bagnall / Piskula

that's pretty damn good. And if we're bad enough to land Hedman... well, that would just be super.
If L.A. got Hedman, that would have to be the best young defensive core I have ever seen I think.

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Add Vyacheslav Voinov to our future core.

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Him and Johnson.

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Johnson-Hickey
Doughty-Hedman
Voynov-Teubert

EDIT- I hope he doesn't make the team [I know not a good wish for someone] but I want him on Team Canada.

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If LA gets Hedman, it's a conspiracy

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I think its been stated in a variety of places that Doughty has nothing left to learn in juniors. I say the only way he goes back is if he blows up (in a bad way) in his first 5 or 6 games. He's either with us only a few games, or all year.

Here's a question though, would he be eligible to go to Manchester NEXT season if he was with the Kings this season? He'd still be 19?, though I don't know when his b-day is. Unlikely scenario, just curious.

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Thought you had to be 20 to play in the AHL.

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Thought you had to be 20 to play in the AHL.
Since he turns 20 before December 31, 2009, he can play in the AHL in 2009-10.

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Since he turns 20 before December 31, 2009, he can play in the AHL in 2009-10.
That means he can play for the Monarchs come playoffs next April if he is still is in juniors.

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Since he turns 20 before December 31, 2009, he can play in the AHL in 2009-10.

Cool, thanks. It's good to have the insurance of sending him down in 09-10 if he struggles this year... though I doubt he will.

Oh god... I just had a horrible thought of a pun for drew being yelled at games - "Don't Doubty the Kings!"....

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How so?

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How so?
It woudn't be fair for the other teams if the Kinngs had the best defensmen available from the 05, 08 and 09 draft! It's just so damn shame that they picked Hickey in 07

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Does anyone know how much he signed for?

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Does anyone know how much he signed for?
I dont know, but probably rookie-max + bonuses.. cap hit of around 2-2.5 mill..

Just a guess..

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I think i might be the only one in the hockey world that is not sold on this guy, i don't even know why! I think he might be back in the OHL this year.

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Please take Kyle McLaren off our hands, he has just one year left so you can trade him at the deadline for something.

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