NYI DRAFT CENTRAL: Drew Doughty

A look at the top prospects in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Friday, 05.9.2008 / 11:49 AM ET / News
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NYI DRAFT CENTRAL: Drew Doughty

The 2008 draft pool is considered the deepest in years and the Islanders are set to select higher in this year's Entry Draft than they have in the past seven. With the Islanders selecting fifth in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 20 in Ottawa, many highly-touted prospects will be available for the Isles to choose from. Each week leading up to the draft, Newyorkislanders.com will feature a new player who is likely to go early in this year's draft.


DREW DOUGHTY

Drew Doughty
Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)
Position: Defenseman
Born: December 8, 1988 in London, Ontario (Age 19)
Height: 6-0   
Weight: 213
Shoots: Right
CSS Final Ranking: 3

2007-08 Regular Season: Games Played (58), Goals (13), Assists (37), Points (50), PIM (68)

2008 Playoffs: Games Played (10), Goals (3), Assists (6), Points (9), PIM (14)

2008 WJC w/Canada: Games Played (7), Goals (0), Assists (4), Points (4), PIM (0)

Update: While Doughty's numbers have dropped in 2007-08 (58 games, 13 goals, 37 assists) from the previous season (67 games, 21 goals, 53 assists), his status among the elite to enter the NHL Entry Draft has not.

Doughty appeared in seven games with Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships and recorded four assists while helping Canada win the gold medal. He was named to the WJC All-Star team and won the Directorate Award given to the best defenseman in the tournament.

The Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League finished fifth in the Western Conference and lost in the second round of the playoffs. Doughty's 50 points on the season ranked ninth among OHL defensemen and his nine points in 10 playoff games ranked sixth among defensemen.

On April 24, Doughty was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy, given annually to the OHL's most outstanding defenseman. Last year's winner, Marc Staal, currently plays for the New York Rangers.

Strengths: Doughty is known as an offensive defenseman. He has excellent speed and vision and an extremely hard shot. He is excellent at jumping into the play in the offensive zone to create scoring chances.

Drew Doughty
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What They're Saying:

"He is the complete player for the new NHL: big, excellent skater, great first pass, low panic threshold and great offensive instincts.”

-    Tony Saxon / Guelph Mercury


"The enthusiasm that he brings every time he steps on the ice, whether it's a practice or a game, is what makes him a special player, along with his high skill level.”

-    Dave Barr / Guelph Storm Head Coach/GM


"The hockey gods gave him a great mind for the game. He relies on that and does a phenomenal job reading and reacting.”

-    NHL Scout


"Doughty has very quick feet, coming from his background of playing soccer and it shows when contesting the puck with his skates.”

-    Hockeyprospects.com


DREW DOUGHTY STAT BOX

REGULAR SEASON                                                   PLAYOFFS
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Guelph Storm OHL 65 5 28 33 40 14 0 13 13 18
2006-07 Guelph Storm OHL 67 21 53 74 76 4 2 3 5 8
2007 Canada SS 8 0 2 2 4 - - - - -
2007-08 Guelph Storm OHL 58 13 37 50 68 10 3 6 9 14
2008 Canda SS 7  0 4 4 4 - - - - -


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
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14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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