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Kings GM on Doughty: ‘He’s only going to get better’

Jun 14, 2014, 8:53 PM EDT

Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty AP

Few hockey players accomplish what Drew Doughty has in their entire careers, yet the two-time Stanley Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist is just 24 years old.

(Let that sink in for a minute, even if it stings for just about everyone who feels like an underachiever right now …)

Much like Anze Kopitar, Doughty hasn’t won a Conn Smythe in the Los Angeles Kings’ two Cup runs, yet you could make a strong argument for his work in each title victory. At this point, it seems like the individual honors will come rolling along with the medals and rings.

For Kings fans, this might be just the beginning; GM Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen that the best is yet to come.

“I mean, he’s only going to get better. He’s not done,” Lombardi said. “He’s 24 years old. Ray Bourque didn’t hit his prime ‘til 27.”

/Cuts to the rest of the NHL’s GMs hyperventilating.

Of course, with two championships in three seasons (and also a Western Conference finals run in 2013), there’s the question of whether or not the Kings will rest on their laurels. Lombardi says that’s unlikely.

On paper, this Kings team could very well vie for the Stanley Cup for the foreseeable future. Slava Voynov has room for improvement at 24 himself. Dustin Brown (29), Anze Kopitar (26) and Jeff Carter (29) are still under 30 while Los Angeles enjoyed breakthrough performances from Tyler Toffoli, 22 and Tanner Pearson, 21. Jonathan Quick is a two-time Cup-winner at 28.

In other words, the NHL must deal with the frightening possibility that this Kings team will only become better for the next few years (if not longer). Yikes.

  1. lezbehonestppl - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Yeah, this team is only going to get better over the next few years. Toffoli and Pearson will bring the speed and offensive skill set that this team has been missing. On too of that, if they buy out Richards, they have more than enough cap to sign a decent FA or two.

    • Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Buy out Richards?
      Letbeidiotspeople

    • blomfeld - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Lombardi says that’s unlikely …

      WELL GET USED TO IT PEOPLE, FOR THIS IS THE NEW ORDER !!!

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!! :) :) :)

      • phxyotes - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        We can only hope that Blomfeld is like 92 and is going to croak any day now. Or if he’s younger he suffers a tragic accident that involves lots of liquor and pain pills.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        phxyotes – I don’t particularly like Blomfeld’s posts; however, I would never wish on him what you did. That’s just mean.

  2. mackattack29 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Only Weber is better than doughty at this point. Nobody else is even close really.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Has he won a Norris?

      I seem to recall a guy named Erik Karlsson who rocked the hockey world and showed he was the best player going, until some douche sliced his achilles…

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Karlsson is not even in the discussion for best defenseman in the league. The guy is a mediocre defender and is basically a 4th forward out there.

  3. aldog83 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Glad Doughty Kopitar & Quick are on the Kings Side!

    Strong down the Middle.

    Thank you Dean Lombardi for bringing in the like of Carter Richards Gaborik Mitchell Reghyr…..

    Ok im going to end up naming the whole team….

    What an amazing group of guys top to bottom.

    We are so lucky to be fans of this organization.

    I once reaf an interview with Lombardi about developing a culture of winning…

    Championships.

    And expectation of winning every year.

    Thank you.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Williams??

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        It feels awesome havin Hextall as our GM now after seeing the huge part he had in building this team. What a awesome good playoffs team the kings are. If they flyers don’t win then it better be the kings. This team is built for the playoffs where it matters, not reagular season champs like the sharks an pens.

  4. toews19 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I said this in an earlier post, and I’ll say it again. Doughty is a world-class player who I don’t feel has gotten the recognition he’s deserved until this year. The sky is the limit for him.

  5. hrudey - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Doughty’s starting to be acknowledged for just how good he is. I like that.

    Now it’s time for Kopitar to get his due:
    – Two time Cup winner, the leading playoff scorer both times
    – Nominated for one Selke, probably should have been nominated two other times
    – lead his team in scoring for seven (7!) consecutive seasons
    – is 26 years old.

    If he were a Canadian playing in NY/Philly/Boston with that resume rather than a Slovenian in LA, he’d be one of the first names brought up in the best player in the world discussion.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Kopitar > Toes.. I’ve said it for awhile now…

      Kopi deserves the Selke, guy was playing 30 min a game in more than a few games this playoff season…

      • aldog83 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM

        During Chicago Series I posted Toews > Kopitar…….

        And that Kopitar would have to help lead the KINGS over The Blackhawks to start the conversation in favor of KOPI Over Toews….

        Kopitar proved to be up for the challenge.

        I would say they are “splitting hairs” to great defensive centers who can score with the best of in the world.

        Both deserve to be in the argument for BEST HOCKEY PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!

        I’m a KINGS fans so I’m glad to have KOPITAR!!

        But again….”splitting hairs” both are 2 time champs….

        Maybe we can try to break the TIE next year…..

        GKG!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        the Hawks cup last season was a result of Kings being injured severely in the Sharks series, fatally. beating the sharks was too physically damaging last season and so the Hawks took advantage. this season a healthy Kings team beat the Hawks.

        Kopi > Toes.

      • puckoff70 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Toews was a minus player during the kings hawks series while kopi was a plus player. Toews had two more points and no doubt is more productive offensively but kopitar without a doubt is a better 2 way player. Only idiot superfans would argue that point.

  6. mess1109 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Not even close? Is everybody forgetting about Mcdonagh? The thing that most people don’t know, besides Rangers fans, is that he has just started tapping into his offensive potential. Torts never used him on the power play and really never let him be the offensive threat he can be. This guy skates better then Brian leech and is more sound defensively. If u watched him at the Olympics, u saw that he was the USA’s best defenseman by far. Yes , he even outplayed Weber. He just turned 25 and hasn’t even come close to realizing his potential. Doughty is special, but I’ll take Mcdonagh any day of the week.

    • thefutureofoil - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      1. Umm…Weber wasn’t on the U.S. team. He’s Canadian.
      2. Doughty is younger than McDonagh [24 verus 25]
      3. Brian Leetch was one of the best offensive d-men ever. He could skate circles around McDonagh in his prime and probably Doughty as well. Couldn’t play much defense, but let’s not get carried away on McDonagh being a skating phenom.
      4. As for the Olympics, Suter was arguably the best U.S. defenseman. McDonagh had 1 goal and 1 assist compared to Doughty who carried the Canadians through the early rounds with 4 goals and 2 assists for six points.
      5. Doughty has two gold medals and two cups as a major member of each team. McDonagh has nada although you correctly point out that much of this is because Torts apparently believes crossing the opposing teams blue line is a sin.

      McDonagh is a fine player and will get better under Vigneault. Maybe he will be up for the Norris one year, but one playoff run doesn’t make him that yet.

  7. aldog83 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    DOUGHTY>MCDONAGH

    DOUGHTY>MOST DEFENSMEN.

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