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Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty  #8

Los Angeles Kings  Defenseman
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: December 8, 1989  (AGE 25)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: London, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 213 DRAFTED: LAK / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (2nd overall)    Prospect Bio
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Through the first 39 games of his NHL career, Doughty led all rookies and his team with 23:53 of average ice time per game. He was also the first defenseman from the 2008 draft class to record a goal in 2008-09 (October 20, 2008 against Colorado). <br /> <br /> The 19-year-old, named after Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, is learning about life in the NHL from his teammates -- living with defenseman Matt Greene while in L.A. and rooming with Kings' captain Dustin Brown on the road. <br /> <br /> Was named the Top Defenseman of the 2008 World Junior Championship after recording four assists (0-4--4) in seven games. Doughty became just the fifth Canadian defenseman to have won the award (Marc Staal 2006, Dion Phaneuf 2005, Bryan McCabe 1995, Gord Kluzak 1982) and the first to win the award before being drafted into the NHL. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On fitting in: &quot;If guys were quiet, not talking to me, I definitely would feel uncomfortable. But guys joke around and give it to me because I'm the youngest. I think I answer to about 10 nicknames around the room ... 'Dewy' is the one that is sticking.&quot; <br /> <br /> On not taking his roster spot for granted: &quot;I love all the accolades I have been given. I just don't think about them. I can't. I mean, I could be sent back to junior hockey any time. The way I look at it, I have to earn my job here every day.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Los Angeles defenseman Sean O'Donnell: &quot;When you're second overall you obviously have a lot of physical ability, but the thing that separates him is maturity. He gets the game. He's a level-headed kid. There are certain plays that took me a while to learn that he gets automatically. I see no reason why he shouldn't start his NHL career now ... he's already taught me things I never thought of. After every shift he's telling me something new. It's amazing. I love having him as a D-partner. He's so knowledgeable.&quot; <br /> <br /> Edmonton Oilers' President of Hockey Operations and former NHL defenseman Kevin Lowe: &quot;He looks people off (with a head feint), but most defensemen get locked in (their feet aren't moving) when they do it, but he's still skating. Impressive.&quot; <br /> <br /> Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi: &quot;Drew slows things down, he makes the right reads, buys some time out there ... he's like a midfielder in soccer who connects the dots. Ray Bourque is the only guy I can remember where you went 'oooh (he's good), right away. I haven't seen a guy since (Chris) Pronger slow it down like Drew.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href=",0,6811297.story">Rookie Doughty is Living up to Expectations</a><br /> <a href="">Monarch of Defense</a><br /> <a href=";page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=387375">Doughty Realizing a Dream</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=18125">2008 Entry Draft Profile</a><br /> <a href=";id=30366">KingsVision: Named to YoungStars Game</a><br /> <br />
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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

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