Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is expected to be out at least seven to 10 days after suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury Saturday, though General Manager Dean Lombardi said via email that the injury was not to the defenseman’s head.
Doughty left the game following a big hit by the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo. In his four games this season, Doughty registered one assist with a minus-1 rating. With a shortened training camp Doughty could be more susceptible to injury. More to come...
Source: LA Times 10/16/11, 9:20 am EST
#LAKings say Drew Doughty has upper-body injury and is not expected to return. No elaboration. Took early hit from Zac Rinaldo.
Doughty took a charge from Zac Rinaldo earlier in the game. Stay tuned for a further update.
Energy-wise, conditioning-wise, he’s real good. Now there’s a team thing, where it’s (about) working on our system. He missed a big part of our camp because of the contract. So there’s a great review for him, to go through the fundamental part of it.
Doughty has acclimated to the Kings' system following holding out during the preseason. At this point the offensive isn't quite there -- one assist through two games -- but it should come back with time.
Murray said Drew Doughty would be able to play a full complement of minutes in all situations
Great news for fantasy hockey owners as the more time he spends on the ice, the more opportunities he has to produce. Regardless, his totals of last season -- 11 goals, 40 points -- should be his absolute floor.
Per agreement with the Hamburg team, both teams will dress 22 players. That allows the Kings to play eight defensemen and ease Drew Doughty back into the lineup. Doughty said he had been skating five days a week back home and feels ready.
Expect Doughty to take a couple shifts with the team as he gets back to NHL speed. Starting the season in Europe probably won't help him get acclimated either. Regardless, his totals of last season -- 11 goals, 40 points -- should be his absolute floor.
Murray said that Drew Doughty will play tomorrow, and said that Slava Voynov would as well.
Doughty will be playing his first game of the preseason, interesting to see how he adapts.
The deal is for eight years and a total of $56 million ($7 million average) as first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie. That makes Doughty the highest-paid King, ahead of Anze Kopitar’s average of $6.8 million.
Feel free to draft him as early as the second round with the understanding he may start the season slowly.
Unless a deal is reached tonight, Doughty is not expected to be in Los Angeles tomorrow.
At this point, there is no question Doughty would be hindering his development and preparation by holding out of training camp.