Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty records 200th point

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty recorded his 200th career NHL point last night against the team he grew up closest to, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings defender scored the game’s opening goal by sniping a wrist shot top corner on a screened Jonathan Bernier during a power play in the first frame. His 200th point is earned in only his 396th game, which is a very strong production rate for a defenceman.

Doughty has been an impact player in the league ever since joining the Kings as an 18-year-old rookie at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, although he truly broke out as a star in his second campaign at the age of 19. In his second season Doughty scored a career high 59 points, and logged significant minutes on Team Canada’s defence corps at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver .

Doughty has an Olympic gold medal ’round his neck and a Stanley Cup ring on his finger. The Kings, as you know, won the 2012 Stanley Cup with Drew Doughty leading the way on the blueline.

Over the last few seasons Doughty’s name has become synonymous with strong two-way play; he is as acclaimed for his offensive gifts as he is for his ability to play a strict defensive game – Doughty is often called upon to shutdown opponents on the scoresheet, and he’s usually successful in doing so.

200 career points is a milestone for any defenceman, let alone a 24-year-old who is arguably best known for his defensive talents. He is a generational talent, early season Norris candidate, and guarantee to play on Team Canada at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.