2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Player Evaluations: Drew Doughty

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Drew Doughty

#8 / Defenseman / Los Angeles Kings

6-0

212

Dec 08, 1989

Contract Status: $7,000,000 in '11-12; UFA Summer 2019



GP G A P Points per 60 ZSAC/60 Quality of Competition PDO
11-12 77 10 26 36 0.96 (2nd) +11.3 (4th) 0.986 (1st) 986 (5th-tied)

Rankings among Kings defensemen who appeared in at least 40 games. 6 qualified.

Each stat header features a clickable link that takes you to a brief explanation.

Drew Doughty had a roller coaster of a year that started with a maligned hold out and ended with a dominant performance in the Stanley Cup final. Many thought differences in Doughty's first and second halves were night and day. We'll take a look to see if this was the case, plus other aspects of his season as we evaluate his '11-12 performance.


Positives

Possession


Among defensemen, Doughty faced the toughest competition on the team while also recording the third best possession numbers. The two ahead of him, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez, faced much softer competition. In fact among all NHL defenseman who faced tough competition, Drew Doughty finished with the 4 best possession mark in the NHL behind only Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Ian White (Lidstrom's defensive partner).


In addition he also improved the play of nearly every teammate he played with when he was on the ice:


With or Without Doughty

Player

Attempts w/ Doughty

Attempts w/o Doughty

Differential
Rob Scuderi 57% 46% +11%
Anze Kopitar 60% 58% +2%
Dustin Brown 58% 55% +3%
Justin Williams 58% 61% -3%
Mike Richards 52% 45% +7%
Jarret Stoll 57% 55% +2%

Teammates Sorted by ES Ice Time w/ Doughty


data courtesy of stats.hockeyanalysis.com




2nd Half Turnaround Myth


Doughty's season has largely been characterized as him underperforming in the first half while turning it around in the second. A lot of this has been attributed to the presence of Darryl Sutter over Terry Murray. Doughty's first and second halves were different but not in the way it has been characterized.

In Doughty's first 44 games, he faced extremely difficult competition. Most of these games were coached by Terry Murray. Murray chose to use Doughty exclusively against top players while also giving him a few more offensive zone starts. During this time Doughty was an elite player at driving the play (considering the competition he faced) but was bitten by poor finishing luck.

In the second half of the season, Doughty played much easier competition but started his shifts in fewer offensive zone situations. He still maintained similar possession numbers but his finishing luck remained suppressed.

In fact it wasn't until around the playoffs that his luck began to normalize and that is what people saw as him "turning it around". He was largely the same player all season (once he recovered from injury early on), but his fortunes just happened to change at the right time.

In fact, Doughty was able to get shots off much closer to the net in the regular season than in the playoffs. This is an indicator that he was getting plenty of quality opportunities in the regular season, yet the puck just wasn't going in the net.



Negatives

Power play


Among the top NHL defensemen in power play time, Doughty finished in middle of the road in terms of shots being directed at the net and near the bottom in goal production. This trend even continued into the playoffs. Not the type of performance you'd like to see on the power play from a $7m/per year defenseman and an area Doughty will need to improve on going forward.


Penalty Kill


Doughty did finish with the 7th best goals against on the penalty kill in the NHL. A lot of that was due to goaltending though as Doughty was the worst among King's penalty killing defenseman in allowing shots on goal and one of the worst in the NHL.


Penalties Taken


One area Doughty consistently struggles with is taking penalties. Last year he was second in Kings defenseman behind Matt Greene. He does draw more penalties than Greene which does offset the problem a little, but still his discipline is nowhere near at the level it needs to be for a #1 defenseman.


JFTC Report Card Grade: A


In spite of Doughty's faults on special teams he more than makes up for it with his play at even strength. The vast majority of the game is played at evens and in that situation, Doughty is one of the best there is at taking on difficult competition while still posting great possession numbers. Remarkable considering he is still only 22 years old.

Even his contract, which seemed an eyesore to some during the regular season, seems like a bargain when you look at others making similar money. How many on that list would you take over Doughty at this point?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Jewels From The Crown

You must be a member of Jewels From The Crown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Jewels From The Crown. You should read them.

Join Jewels From The Crown

You must be a member of Jewels From The Crown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Jewels From The Crown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker