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2008 NHL Draft: Drew Doughty

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Drew Doughty
    Rank: No. 3 (North American)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 6-0, 219
    D.O.B: Dec. 8, 1989

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


Ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 50 points (13 goals) and his nine power plays goals ranked him third on the Guelph Storm. Voted best OHL offensive defensiveman in the 2007-08 OHL Coaches Poll. Named alternate captain at 2008 OHL All-Star Classic. One of four draft eligible players to help Team Canada to gold medal at 2008 World Junior Championhips, and was named Top Defenseman at the tourney to became only fifth Canadian defenseman to earn the honor.


A defenseman around which a team is going to build their next 10 years. One of the players most able to step up next season. Strengths are poise and defensive acumen – the ability to know when to jump up in a rush, the ability to know when to stay back, and when to join the rush late. Needs to work on pacing himself.


Close to being ready to play now. A work horse on the back end.


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
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