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KINGS SELECT DOUGHTY, TEUBERT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Second overall draft pick Drew Doughty puts on his Jersey after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings at the NHL draft in Ottawa, Canada on Friday, June 20, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)
OTTAWA/LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have selected defenseman Drew Doughty and defenseman Colten Teubert in the first round of today’s NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa. Doughty was the second overall pick in the draft, while Teubert was the 13th overall selection. The Kings acquired the 13th pick after a three-way deal with the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks, then another deal with the Buffalo Sabres. (Kings All-Time Trades)

The Flames traded the 17th overall selection and their second-round pick in 2009 to the Kings in exchange for forward Michael Cammalleri and the 48th overall pick this season. The Kings then dealt the 17th and 28th overall picks in this year’s draft to Anaheim for the 12th overall pick. Then followed that up by trading the 12th overall pick to the Sabres for the 13th overall pick (Teubert) and Buffalo’s third-round pick in 2009.

Doughty is the Kings highest draft pick since Jimmy Carson was selected second overall in 1986. The Kings had one other pick in franchise history as high as No. 2 when they selected Doug Smith second overall in 1981.

The 18-year-old Doughty played in 58 regular season games this past season for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), posting 50 points (13-37=50) and 68 penalty minutes. His 50 points ranked third overall on Guelph and tied for ninth among OHL defensemen. He ranked third on Guelph with nine power-play goals. In 10 playoff games, the 6-0, 219-pound blue-liner from London, Ontario had nine points (3-6=9) and 14 penalty minutes.

“Doughty’s hockey sense is off the charts,” said President/General Manager Dean Lombardi from the Kings’ draft table in Ottawa. “I think everyone has a handle of what type of player he is and the special player he could become.”

Drew Doughty

Central Scouting says, “Drew’s strengths are poise and defensive acumen – that’s the ability to know when to jump in the rush, the ability to know when to stay back, when to join the rush late and when to lead the rush. He has a ton of experience in the international game at all levels and [brought] that to the ice every night for the Guelph Storm.”

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Doughty. “I had so many emotions going through my body. When they called my name I couldn’t stop shaking. It’s a dream come true. I’m so excited about putting on a Kings jersey.”

Doughty was one of four 2008 draft-eligible players to help Team Canada win gold at the 2008

World Junior Championships. He was named Top Defenseman of the tournament after recording four assists 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.

Doughty was named as an alternate captain for the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic and also participated in the 2007 All-Star Classic. He was voted Best Offensive Defenseman in the 2007 and 2008 OHL Coaches Poll and named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06. He represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and the 2006 IIHF World Under-17 Championship.

Colten Teubert was the Kings second pick of the First Round.

The 18-year-old Teubert played in 66 regular season games this past season for Regina of the Western Hockey League (WHL), posting 23 points (7-16=23) and 135 penalty minutes. His 23 points ranked third among Regina defensemen. In six playoff games, the 6-4, 185-pound blue-liner from White Rock, British Columbia had five points (1-4=5) and six penalty minutes.

“I think we got the toughness we wanted in Teubert,” Lombardi said. “I think we were lacking that element and I believe strongly in what this kid brings to the table: his leadership, toughness, commitment and his raw presence.”

Central Scouting says, “Colten is a smooth skating defenseman, who can skate the puck out of trouble and can jump up the ice with the puck. I like Colten for a lot of reasons, but most of all for his ability to take charge of the game. He projects as a support three or four defenseman, at least initially in the NHL, with a good offensive upside who won't hurt you on defense."

“When my name got called it was a little bit of a surprise, but it’s exciting,” Teubert said. “I’ve never felt like this in my life and it’s an honor to be a King.”

Teubert represented Canada at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships and was a member of Team Canada at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August 2007. He also represented Team British Columbia at the 2007 Winter Games.

He was the first overall selection in the 2005 Bantam Draft and played one more season at home in British Columbia, suiting up for the South West Hawks in the Major Midget League for the 2005-06 season, before joining Regina as a 16-year-old.

Cammalleri posted 47 points (19-28=47) and 30 penalty minutes in 63 games last season. In 283 career NHL games (all with the Kings), the 5-9, 185-pound native of Richmond Hills, Ontario has 205 points (93-112=205) and 170 penalty minutes.

Rounds two through seven of the draft are scheduled for Saturday in Ottawa, with the Kings holding 12 more selections (including two in the second round) in the remaining portion of the draft. The Kings’ 14 total selections in this year’s draft are the most in the NHL.

NHL Network™ is the exclusive home for Saturday’s live coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. PT. As NHL clubs choose their organization’s future stars, NHL Network’s Dan Pollard, Brian Duff, Craig Button, Gary Green, Todd Lewis and Bob McKenzie will be in Ottawa providing the expert analysis, interviews and coverage fans have come to expect from the home of hockey. The first selection of Round 2 on Saturday is scheduled for 7 a.m. PT.

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