Player evaluation: Doughty - LA Kings Insider

This season: 77 games, 10 goals, 26 assists, minus-2 rating.
The good: When Darryl Sutter came on board, Doughty became a different player. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but that’s doubtful. Doughty, more than anyone, seemed a bit on edge when Sutter arrived, almost as though he knew that the new teacher might be rapping on his knuckles a bit. Doughty made a big turnaround over the second half of the season and, throughout the playoffs, seemed to be the same type of player he was in 2009-10, when he was a finalist for the Norris Trophy. If not for Jonathan Quick’s sustained excellence, Doughty would have been a well-received winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The bad: The reason Doughty had to make a second-half turnaround is because his first half wasn’t very good. There’s probably a number of factors involved in that, although most are tied (directly or indirectly) to the contract dispute that caused him to miss all of training camp. It’s no exaggeration to say that Doughty’s struggles were a major reason as to why the Kings were in 11th place in the Western Conference deep into the season. Doughty’s skill level remained consistent, but too often he tried to run around and be a superhero, rather than stay with the poised, simple, effective play that had been known as his staple.
Going forward: Did Doughty figure it all out? Perhaps more than any other Kings player, he seemed to embrace Sutter’s coaching style. His effusive public praise of Sutter seemed genuine, and that’s a good sign for the Kings. A team’s best players don’t always have to love the coach, but respect is critical, and Doughty clearly respects Sutter. It should go without saying that Doughty also needs to remain in the good graces of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office this summer.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.