The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on three-year entry-level contract with defenseman Drew Doughty, the club’s first-round selection (second overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Doughty, 18, played in 58 regular season games this past season for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and recorded 50 points (13-37=50) and 68 penalty minutes. His 50 points ranked third overall on Guelph and tied for ninth among OHL defensemen, and he ranked third on Guelph with nine power-play goals. In 10 playoff games, the 6-0, 219-pound blue-liner from London, Ontario, had nine points (3-6=9) and 14 penalty minutes.
Doughty was one of four 2008 draft-eligible players to help Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He was named Top Defenseman of the tournament after recording four assists in seven games. Doughty became just the fifth Canadian defenseman to have won the award and the first to win the award before being drafted into the NHL. He also recently took part in Canada’s National Junior Team Development camp in Ottawa and the Kings’ annual Development Camp in El Segundo.
Doughty was named as an alternate captain for the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic and also participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic. He was voted Best Offensive Defenseman in the 2007 and 2008 OHL Coaches Poll and named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06. He represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and the 2006 IIHF World Under-17 Championships.