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‘Time has flown by’: Doughty to play game No. 400 tonight

Dec 19, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Drew Doughty was drafted five years ago and is only 24 years old, but tonight he’ll be playing in his 400th NHL contest.

“Time has flown by,” Doughty said, as per “It just seems like yesterday I was 18 and I was in my first year in the League. I’ve had so much fun.

“I’ve still got a long, healthy road ahead of me and I’m looking forward to continue it here in L.A.”

Getting to 400 games so quickly was a result of several factors. One, Doughty was taken second overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and debuted right away — during the ’08-09 campaign — on a relatively poor Kings team (34-37-11, 5th in Pacific Division), which afforded him the opportunity for big minutes.

At 19, he averaged a team-high 23:50 per game.

Two, Doughty has been remarkably durable. His only notable injuries were a concussion in 2010 that cost him six games and an upper-body injury in 2011 that cost him four. He appeared in all 82 games during his rookie campaign and all 48 during last year’s lockout-shortened season.

Where Doughty’s feat really stands out, though, is amongst his ’08 draft mates. Doughty got to 400 faster than anyone — Steve Stamkos is stuck on 390 (broken tibia) while Luke Schenn is at 388. Josh Bailey and Zach Bogosian are the only other ’08 draftees to have appeared in 300 NHL contests thus far.

But throw in playoff contests, and Doughty is way out in front. He’s appeared in 50 postseason games, putting him at 450 all told.

“It’s crazy,” Doughty said.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Or walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch …

    Congratulations Drew on a remarkable accomplishment ! :)
    As the Bobby Orr of today’s game, you do us so proud by leading our rearguard with a ‘skill, class & dedication’ that’s second to none ! … and you’re ‘cool’ man ! All the best friend and let’s really ‘give it’ to those stupid Goldfish tonight ! :)

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a man, my son!

    Rudyard Kipling

    • areaman714 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Yes. I am as surprised that Doughty could be compared to Bobby Orr as I am that Skid Row has WiFi . . .

  2. proudliberal85392 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Really?! Hard to believe, but time flies.

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      comrade proudliberal … as of 1200 hours ‘Zulu’ time today, I Blomfeld am now officially supporting Bettman’s gamble there in the desert !… yes siree, go Yotes go !!! :) … in a way, this is very similar to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel back in ’42 when he asked Berlin for permission to advance on Cairo … the reply which he received from the little Austrian pip squeak was simple and to the point … “the Goddess of Victory smiles only once” … so now let’s just hope that Monty and the British 8th aren’t out there ‘lying in wait’ for us eh ? :)

  3. namriverrat69 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    And Doughty scored a goal in this game.

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