Praise for Doughty

Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim’s future Hall of Fame defenseman, started his NHL career during the 1991-92 season, when Drew Doughty was 2 years old. How’s that for some perspective? The defensemen will be on opposite sides tonight, but they will be on the same side, for Canada, next week when the Olympic hockey tournament starts.

When league followers talk about the player Doughty might become some day, Niedermayer’s name is often mentioned. Here’s what Niedermayer said this morning, when asked for his impressions of Doughty’s play this season…

NIEDERMAYER: “I think the big thing is just that he’s playing with a lot of confidence. That goes a long way for anybody, whether you’re a second-year guy or a 15-year guy. When you’re playing with confidence and you feel like what you’re going to do is going to work, good things are going to happen when you’re at your best. Right now, that’s how that whole team is, but he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

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