September 25, 2013 1:12 pm

LAKings.com feature: Numbers Aside

Though Drew Doughty hasn’t produced a season as statistically strong as his 59-point 2009-10 campaign, the do-everything defenseman is a much more complete player than he was earlier in his NHL career. My weekly LAKings.com feature, Numbers Aside, takes a look at Doughty’s 2012-13 season, one in which he refined many aspects of his game despite a challenging set of circumstances.

Though he didn’t play a single game with the club last year due to a knee injury, Willie Mitchell would watch games at Staples Center and from the comforts of his home last season and developed an appreciation for the growth and evolution Doughty exhibited.

“I think it probably went unrecognized, in my opinion,” Mitchell said of his former defensive partner.

“Drew on a top-four had to be the responsible guy. He got thrust in a role where he was playing with other guys who were young players.”

LAKings.com: Numbers Aside

Other LAKings.com features:
Follow Me
Talk About It
Padded Down
Little Time for Rest
Make Them Better
Comfort Level
Getting There
Will to Win
Buying In
Fine Tuning
Battle Tested
Smooth and Selke
Up, Up and Away
In Their Eyes
Work in Progress
Committed
Scuderi’s Actions Speak
Brown’s Model a Path for Doughty

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