Sutter: Doughty a "big game player" - LA Kings Insider

Do you remember the early concern over what many perceived to be a shaky start to the 2012-13 season by Drew Doughty?

When the Kings visited Chicago for the first time this year, they fell behind 3-0 less than one minute into the second period. Doughty, who was on the ice for both of Chicago’s even strength goals and both of Los Angeles’ power play goals – which he assisted on in the eventual 3-2 loss – registered his fifth minus-2 performance over the span of nine games.

Over the remaining 35 regular season games, Doughty recorded six goals, 16 points and a plus-15 rating, leading the Kings to a record of 22-10-3 over that span.

The regular season statistics aren’t as important to Darryl Sutter as Doughty’s ability to step up in postseason games. “He’s a big game player,” Sutter said Friday. Doughty’s 27:57 of average ice time – the second-highest time-on-ice average out of any active playoff participant – says more about what he is capable of providing to the team than the numbers he logged during action this past winter.

Of course, the experience of the 2012 postseason went a long way in the development of perhaps the most dynamic defenseman in the entire sport.

Darryl Sutter, on how winning a Stanley Cup affected Drew Doughty’s development:
“If you look at how many games we played last year – 20 playoff games – he’s a big game player. He got better as we went along. You have to remember he’s been a part of championships before, been a significant part of it even as a younger guy on it. He did that again last year, and then at the end, when you just evaluate…again at the end of the playoffs, you evaluate that’s the experience, not the regular season experience. It’s a whole different experience. There’s not many guys his age that have already accomplished what he has accomplished. So that in itself is the experience of doing it.”

Doughty was 22 years old last spring. Jonathan Toews was 22 and Patrick Kane was 21 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. These are players whose development has been furthered by success so early in their careers and will be looking to continue to build on that success as a part of two of the four teams remaining in the 2013 postseason.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.