Twenty-seven days before the Buffalo Sabres make the 2nd-overall selection in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, let’s roll things back to the year 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning took Steven Stamkos with the first pick in that year’s draft, before the Los Angeles Kings went on to select defenseman Drew Doughty with the second-overall selection.
Doughty, a native of London, Ontario, was coming off three seasons with the OHL’s Guelph Storm. He had just finished a 50-point campaign with the Storm, notching 13 goals and 37 assists along with 68 penalty minutes. Doughty also had nine points (3-6) in 10 playoff games with the Storm that season prior to his draft.
In the season prior to his draft, Doughty won gold with Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships. He was named the top defenseman of the tournament and was also named to the tournament all-star team as Canada defeated Sweden 3-2 in overtime to win gold.
After the Kings selected the then-18 year old, Doughty was finished with his Ontario Hockey League career, immediately making the jump to the NHL.
He made his NHL debut on October 3, 2013, also scoring his first NHL goal that night as the Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-2 in a shootout.
Doughty’s rookie season would see him put up 27 points in 81 games but finish the season a minus-17. Following his rookie season, Doughty represented Canada on the international stage once more, this time at the World Championships. He put up seven points, including six assists, in nine games as Canada went on to win silver.
Since then, Doughty’s continued his NHL career with the Kings. He’s appeared in 442 NHL regular season games to date, notching 59 goals and 162 assists for 221 points – an exact .50 point/game stat. He’s also racked up 347 penalty minutes in the regular season.
This season, Doughty had 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points in 78 games with the Kings. He’s also put up four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 20 games with the Kings in the playoffs. His second goal of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs led the Kings to a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Kings will look for a victory in game seven tonight to put them into the Stanley Cup Finals.