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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20: (L-R) Third overall pick Zach Bogosian of the Atlanta Thrashers, first overall pick Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and second overall pick Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings pose for a photograph after being selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
The Kings selected D Drew Doughty with the No. 2 pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Doughty Profile

  • Finished ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 50 points and his nine power-play goals ranked him third on the Guelph Storm in 2007-08.
  • 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 (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.
  • Was named as an alternate captain for the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic and also participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic.
  • Doughty was voted Best Offensive Defenseman in the 2007 and 2008 OHL Coaches Poll and was also named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.
  • Represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland and in 2006 at the World Under-17 Championship.
  • He wore the number 99 growing up because of his favorite player and idol Wayne Gretzky. Once Gretzky's number was retired he switched to number 19 for Joe Sakic. He now wears number eight because his birthday is December 8th.
  • He started playing hockey when he was three-years-old and was a member of the London Junior Knights for eight years.
  • His nickname is "Donut" because his number (8) is two donuts.
  • He patterns his game after Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom "because he is calm, offensive, consistent and he makes it look easy."
  • If he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: Wayne Gretzky, Denzel Washington and Jessica Alba.
  • If he could be in any movie he would be in Miracle and the one thing he couldn't live without is his cell phone.
NHL Team:
New Jersey
NHL Player: Joe Sakic
Shootout move: "Backhand forehand, cheese"
Goal celebration: "Right leg in the air and double fist pumps"
Practice Drill: Shootout and 3-puck
Video Game: NHL '08
Movie: Coach Carter
TV Show: The Hills
Actress: Jessica Alba
Group: Rascal Flatts
Book: Romeo and Juliet
Pump-up song: Eminem – "Till I Collapse"
Food to cook: Grilled Cheese
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Activity away from the rink: Xbox
Toy growing up: Mini Sticks
Place to shop: Abercrombie
Place to visit: Cancun

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Guelph OHL 67 21 53 74 76
2007-08 Guelph OHL 58 13 37 50 68

NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire

Strengths: "Drew's strengths are poise and defensive acumen – that is the ability to know when to jump up 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 brings that to the ice every night for the Guelph Storm."

Areas to improve: "Ability to pace himself. There are times when he plays so much and so hard at the beginning of the game that he is a little tuckered by the end of the game, but at that point usually it's so close that they need him on the ice."

Outlook: "He is a defenseman around which a team is going to build their next 10 years. A lot of his hockey experience translates into on ice intelligence; it's hard to find that in a young defenseman. Drew probably is one of the guys, most able to step into the NHL next year."

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)


Guelph Storm head coach Dave Barr
"The enthusiasm that he brings every time he steps on the ice, whether it's a practice or a game, is what makes him a special player, along with his high skill level. Drew has a very high patience level in regards to holding onto the puck and making decisions, and he usually makes good decisions with the puck."

On his style of play: I think my style player is more just of an offensive defenseman. I know that in my first two years with the Guelph Storm I was pretty much solid offensive defensemen and wasn't very good in my own zone. I know that this year playing the Super Series and World Juniors, I really, really worked on my defensive game. Now I hope people not only see me as an offensive defensemen but as a two-way player. I think my style is as I said offensive, but I work really hard and I'm very determined to win, and that's my favorite part about the game is winning the game.

On patterning his game after Nicklas Lidstrom:
Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings is probably my favorite defenseman in the NHL, without a doubt. He's a very calm player who makes everything look so easy, good shot and great vision and very good skater. He's consistent, plays hard every game and I really try to model my game after him.

On becoming a defenseman: I was a centerman my whole life until about five or six years ago. In major bantam I was still a forward but I played defense in training camp because we were short "D-men", and the coach ended up thinking I could become a better defenseman than forward. He decided to try me out and I would still play forward on some power-plays. I guess it worked out for the best.

On getting his start in hockey: Ever since I was little I just always loved the game. I remember playing in the basement with my dad or my mom and I know that ever since I was little I loved the game. Wayne Gretzky was one of my idols when I was younger. I know I would cry sometimes when I was younger when my parents would make me go to bed before his game was over. Really, that's who I modeled my game after, and I really could not have done it without my family without a doubt. My parents were always there for me and my grandparents, and they did everything they could to get me here.

On the biggest influences in his career: My parents have just been there for me. They took time off work, they took days out of their way and just drove me places to get to hockey and my grandparents were always there and helped us pay for everything and it was pretty expensive when were younger. I've had many, many coaches along the way that were very key to my success: Brad Ostrom was the one who transferred me from forward to defense; and my skating coach, Carol Robinson – I still skate with her to this day and she's helped me a lot through the days.

On playing in the Canada-Russia Super Series and the World Junior Championships: It's been awesome. It's such a great honor to put on that Canadian jersey every time, and fortunately I've been able to put it on a few times. That Super Series was a great stepping stone in my career – it taught me a lot about the game and playing for Canada and how big it is. This past Christmas, playing in the World Junior tournament – there's nothing else like it. All the pressure that we had on us and all the stuff that we had to go through was just really hard to overcome, and we ended up doing that. Winning that gold medal was just the best.

On winning the World Junior Championships in overtime: I was just getting off the ice. I had just made the change and so I didn't even see the goal go in or anything. I had my back to the play and I kind of just heard the fans yell and looked and saw us all getting off the bench so I just jumped over the bench, skated as hard as I ever have to that pile and it was just amazing.

On the importance of chemistry to a hockey team: It (chemistry) is the most important thing I think – bonding as a team was very key to our success with Team Canada. We had many streaks going and we knew we had all the pressure of all the fans back home and we even had tons and tons of fans there. So just gelling as a team and building after our one loss was just amazing. And it's very important and I think that's why we probably won is because we stayed positive as a team and we were just so good buddies and I know we all still talk to this day. So learning from that experience, I really just tried to take it back to Guelph and be a leader there and I know in Guelph we are probably the tightest we've been in the last three years so it's been great to have that on our team.

On his childhood NHL hero: It's always been Wayne Gretzky, (but) I know playing road hockey, I always wanted to play in net. So when I was growing up, I had a couple favorite goalies, (Ed) Belfour and now it's (Martin) Brodeur and I know I would try and be them inside the net. When I was younger I was debating whether or not to quit and go back to house league to become a goalie; I wanted to become it that bad. But, I would say Wayne Gretzky was probably my main guy that I always tried to be when I was playing, I always pretended I was him and wear his jersey and do everything I could to become more like him.

On the possibility of shooting against Martin Brodeur, his favorite goaltender one day: I don't even know what it would feel like to score on Martin Brodeur, it would just be awesome. Getting drafted is an amazing opportunity for me, and it would just be awesome to get drafted and hopefully to play in the NHL one day. It's always been my dream, always been my goal, so I hope that one day I can be shooting against Martin Brodeur and that would definitely be one of my favorite times ever.

On being ranked second overall by Central Scouting: I try to keep it in the back of my mind as much as I can. I always remember that it's there, and if I'm ever just at home or whatever, I'll think about it. But when it comes to hockey, I don't think about it at all. I try not to think about the scouts or anything. I just want to work my hardest and play my heart out and just play my game and hopefully help my team win.

On Ryan Parent as his mentor: He was a great mentor for me my first two years. He helped me a lot. Not only is he a great, great hockey player. But off the ice he's a very good individual and he's a very smart guy, just all-around, he's just a very, very good guy. So he taught me a lot my first two years. As I said before, my first few years I wasn't very good defensively. I played with him, so it kind of worked out for the best for both of us, I guess. But he taught me a lot about that, playing defensively and he also taught me how to be a good person off the ice.

On the one movie he would choose to be in: If I could be if one movie it would be the "Miracle on Ice." I just think it would be awesome to be in a hockey movie and just knowing the history about that team and just playing in that movie would just be awesome.

On his most embarrassing hockey moment: My most embarrassing hockey moment was probably when I was younger. I remember we were in the finals and they were calling out the starting lineup and so skating out to the blue line I took a little spill there. So I got a little laugh from the crowd and that was pretty funny.

On his favorite toy growing up: My favorite toy was definitely mini-sticks. I know I played with them up until I was pretty old still. We would take them to every tournament and the guys on the team and I would play in the hallways and get in trouble from some of the hotel managers, but it was definitely my favorite thing to do when I was younger.

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