Darryl Sutter knows a thing or two about great defencemen.
Granted, he played forward, he’s coached some talent from the Chicago Blackhawks. More specifically, Chris Chelios.
According to L.A. Kings Insider, Sutter had some kind words about the 22-year-old blue liner:
“Drew, he has done a good job. That’s the thing I like about Drew, the way he plays against top players, for somebody his age. He can play head-up, and that’s the best thing. The other stuff is just going to be, not a process, but for him it’s going to be a curve always, until he figures it all out. The guy I coached who was closest to him was (Chris) Chelios. Once Chelly figured out the whole thing, instead of `one night this, one night that,’ then he was dominant. He didn’t get that until he was 28, 29 (years old). Most kids like (Doughty) are still juniors in college. As long as he’s doing a good job in his preparation, and being a pro, then his game can only get better, because that’s what he will do, I think.”
Overall, Rich Hammond, who writes the blog, points out Doughty hasn’t had a strong season. But his time with Sutter behind the bench has been impressive.
“Overall, his numbers aren’t strong, but numbers don’t always tell the story, and Doughty is actually on the upswing under Darryl Sutter. In 28 games under Terry Murray, Doughty had two goals, eight assists and a minus-6 rating. In 16 games under Sutter, Doughty has one goal, nine assists and a plus-8 rating.”
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