This summer was known as the year of the RFA. Many young stars were in need of a new contract including Steven Stamkos, Zach Parise, and Drew Doughty. Doughty went number two overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has only shined since then. He has played very strong defense and consistently put up points. The scary part is that Doughty is still improving. Who knows how much better he’ll be in five years?
Los Angeles rejuvenated their roster this summer adding forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne to join Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Dustin Penner. With Jonathan Quick still in net and Jack Johnson steadily improving on the defensive end as well, the Kings have a strong team. The only piece missing was there star defensemen. Drew Doughty held out of training camp until he got a deal in place and that was finally signed Thursday.
Drew Doughty verbally agreed to a 8 year, $56M deal with the Los Angeles Kings after missing the first thirteen days of training camp. In just three seasons with the Kings, Doughty has recorded 33 goals and 125 points. As a finalist for the Norris trophy in 2009-2010, Doughty had a career high 59 points which was good for second on the team only behind Anze Kopitar. He led the Kings in average ice time last year and has become the key shut down and playmaking defensemen the Kings have needed to succeed.
Doughty, having missed almost two weeks of training camp workouts, may have a slow start to the season. Expect him to get rid of the rust by mid to late October and have a career year for the Kings. With the offense they have, Doughty will be piling up the points and will have a great plus-minus rating with one of the best goalies, Quick, playing behind him.
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