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Drew Doughty has been quite successful thus far in hockey at the tender age of 24.

Doughty has already won two Olympic Gold Medals for Canada in addition to winning his second Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings. The blueliner led all defensemen in scoring with 18 points and is one of the top five rearguards in the NHL at this time.

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Drew Doughty registered an assist in Game 5's series clincher to capture the Stanley Cup.

He earned a helper on Marian Gaborik's game-tying score in the third period. Fellow Kings blueliner Alec Martinez scored the winner in double overtime. Doughty led all NHL defensemen with 18 points in 26 games during the postseason. He also posted a plus-1 rating while averaging a whopping 28:45 of ice time per contest.

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Drew Doughty wants to look at Game 5 on Friday as a must win for the Kings.

"There's no way we're going to play a bad game tonight, that's for sure," added Doughty. "We are fully prepared for this game. We want it so bad. We want to win this game more than them, there's no doubt about that." Matching the Rangers' urgency will be a challenge for the Kings, as New York obviously has to win this game to avoid elimination. That being said, the Kings realize that if they lose tonight, they'll have to go back to Madison Square Garden and given the Rangers' success at home, the Kings will want to avoid that if at all possible.

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Drew Doughty is getting ready for his 75th career playoff game.

Doughty is just 24 years old and is on the brink of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time. He's been a major factor in all of the Kings' recent playoff runs, logging big minutes and recording 49 points in 74 games.

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Drew Doughty is currently tied for the 2014 postseason lead in power-play points with nine.

Granted, P.K. Subban also has nine points in 17 to Doughty's 23 games played, yet it's still a nice accomplishment for Doughty. He hasn't always delivered in fantasy in the same way as he's been able to do in reality, but perhaps this is a sign that the Los Angeles Kings defenseman will begin to do so? He had 16 PPP in the regular season.

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Drew Doughty set a career mark for ice time in a game as he played 41:41 minutes in the Kings 5-4 win on Saturday in double overtime.

Doughty has been a stud on the blueline and while was held off the scoresheet on Saturday, he still has five goals and 17 points in 23 games to rank tied for sixth in NHL scoring during the playoffs. He is definitely a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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All-star defenseman Drew Doughty of the Kings thinks he has to play better than all-star defenseman Ryan McDonough of the Rangers if Los Angeles is to beat York for the Stanley Cup title.

The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final 1-0, with Game 2 going tonight. "He's got a lot of speed; that allows him to think offense and get back to play defense," Doughty said of McDonough. "I know I've got to be a better player than him."

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As good as Drew Doughty already is, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter thinks it will still be a while before he reaches his potential.

Sutter argued that Doughty will only continue to grow with experience. "You learn to manage your ice time better, you learn to manage what's going on on the ice, you become a better shot selection guy, you become a better penalty killer, you become a better power play guy, you learn the league better, you learn players on the other team better, you learn nuances of star players, you learn to handle the schedule better in terms of your practice habits and your nutrition and what you do on game days, all that stuff," Sutter said. "What can you do better? As I said, there's a big difference between being 25 and 35." Meanwhile, Doughty is fighting to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in his short career.

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Drew Doughty set a team record for points by a defenseman in one Stanley Cup Playoffs year on Wednesday night.

He scored his fifth goal of the 2014 postseason when he jumped into the play following a great stickhandling move. He picked up his 17th point in 22 games in the process. Doughty leads all NHL rearguards in points these playoffs and he's averaged a team-leading 27:48 of ice time per game. He's looking like a serious contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter feels defenseman Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen he has ever coached.

When speaking with the media Tuesday, Sutter stopped short of calling him the best blueliner he has ever coached, saying "I think [Chris] Chelios was the best all-around defenseman that I had the opportunity to coach. So I'd say that Drew would be trending more towards that type of player in terms of the all-around part of it, in terms of the whole package part of it." Given his relatively young age, there still room for the Kings rearguard to improve even more, which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.