24-Year-Old Defenseman – Los Angeles Kings
Drew Doughty Contract Information:
Doughty agreed to an eight-year, $56 million deal with the Kings in September of 2011.
Doughty scored a game-tying goal in the third period of Wednesday's game against San Jose, but the Sharks went on to win in a shootout. It was his fifth marker of the season.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 11||at TOR||1||0||1||1||2||1||0||0||3||33.3||6||2||25:04||1:04|
|Dec 10||at MON||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||1||24:25||1:44|
|Dec 3||at ANH||0||0||0||1||4||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||0||30:49||5:30|
|Nov 27||at SJ||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||25.0||3||0||26:36||5:04|
|Nov 25||at VAN||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||4||26:34||1:35|
|Nov 17||at NYR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||1||24:32||1:15|
|Nov 15||at NJ||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0.0||4||0||23:35||1:56|
|Nov 14||at NYI||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||25:19||3:30|
|Nov 12||at BUF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0.0||1||1||30:05||6:27|
|Oct 29||at PHO||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||7||0.0||3||1||25:17||2:13|
|Oct 17||at NSH||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||2||0.0||3||1||28:35||5:49|
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|Oct 15||at TB||0||0||0||-4||2||0||0||0||3||0.0||2||2||22:40||6:19|
|Oct 13||at FLA||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||4||1||22:28||1:03|
|Oct 11||at CAR||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||3||0.0||4||2||26:41||4:10|
|Oct 4||at WPG||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||2||1||27:08||4:10|
|Oct 3||at MIN||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||100.0||1||1||27:51||2:21|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Doughty, perhaps more than any player on the Kings, seemed to benefit the most from the midseason coaching change as he was a totally different player under Darryl Sutter and could have taken home Conn Smythe honors if Jonathan Quick hadn't stolen the show in the postseason. Factor in a contract dispute that wiped out his training camp and it's easy to find excuses for his slow start that resulted in his lowest goals (10) and points (36) since his rookie season. A bounceback season would seem to be on the horizon.
Doughty took a bit of a step back (11 G, 29 A) from his breakout season of 2009-10 (16 G, 43 A) in large part due to a lack of production on the power play (15 points last year compared with 31 from the previous year). He'll continue to log heavy minutes on the Kings' blue line and will remain a fixture on their top power-play unit so a return to his 2009-10 season isn't out of the question if the Kings' power play clicks.
Doughty led the Kings' blueline in goals (16) and was second on the team with points (59), trailing only Anze Kopitar. He did most of his damage on the power play (9PPG, 22 PPA) but still managed a plus-20 rating, as well. He's already among the elite defensemen in the league and will turn 21 in December. He'll be among the top five in blueline scoring again this year.
Doughty enjoyed a pretty effective rookie campaign, racking up 27 points in 81 games while logging more than 20 minutes of ice time on a nightly basis. The addition of Rob Scuderi may help Doughty take the shackles off his offensive game and he should improve on last year's totals if he can avoid the sophomore slump.
Doughty enters training camp with a lot of intrique around him. He's a franchise-type of defensemen with some offensive skill and the Kings could certainly use some help on their blueline. He's worth keeping an eye on in keeper leagues but his offensive game will likely take a few years to develop.