Young defensemen show composure - LA Kings Insider

On paper, it wasn’t the most obvious of moves. When defenseman Matt Greene returned to the lineup, the Kings chose to pair their two least-experience defensemen, Alec Martinez and Davis Drewiske, together. Drewiske, 26, has 90 games of NHL experience while Martinez, 23, has 19 games. So far, though, it has worked out well, particularly in Monday night’s victory over San Jose. It’s a pairing of a puck-mover (Martinez) with a stay-at-home type (Drewiske), and against the Sharks, they were solid during their almost 12 minutes on the ice together. Terry Murray said he liked what he saw from the two young defensemen…

MURRAY: “A lot of composure, lots of awareness. I think they have good chemistry starting to develop, and there’s good communication going on there. It just simplifies the game and takes a lot of pressure off, when you have a lot of yelling and shouting for each other. They were making good plays. When you can do that under pressure, find the open guy, it sure opens up a lot for the line to attack and make good things happen. And they’re playing good defensively, too. Drewiske is using his body well. He’s fronting his man going to the net very well. Good things happen because of doing little things the right way.”