Drew Doughty is ready to go for opening night, so what was all that summer worrying about? (Just a little joke.) Here’s a nice Doughty vignette. His hair is quite long — almost Westgarthian — so I asked him today what was going on. A new style? Superstition? The answer: “I was expecting to be in L.A. a lot sooner, and I just didn’t have time to visit my hair stylist.” So it was a rough summer for everyone… But it seems Doughty is ready to go, after one exhibition game and a handful of practices. I asked Terry Murray today whether there would be any restrictions on Doughty’s minutes in the season opener.

MURRAY: “I had a conversation with Drew the other day, after his game (in Hamburg) and asked him how he was doing, how he was feeling. He felt very comfortable in the exhibition game against Hamburg. I have confidence that he’s going to be able to log the minutes that we need to have from him. He’s energized. He’s really enthusiastic. He’s excited about his new deal, about being part of the team again with a long-term commitment. Again, he’s very energized, and we’ll take advantage of that. He’s a great player and we’ll get him the minutes that we feel we need to get from him in this first game against the Rangers.”

Question: How did he look to you in that game against Hamburg?

MURRAY: “I thought he was good. We dressed eight defensemen, so there wasn’t a great demand we were going to put on him. But I thought, overall, he was sharp. He moves the puck, he sees the ice. He just looked like Drew Doughty. He’s a young guy, 21, and to me he worked hard over the time that he was away. You take advantage of the adrenaline and the emotion, and he looked good.”

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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