At just 20 years of age, Drew Doughty is the youngest player on Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. More than a year & 1/2 younger than the next youngest, Jonathan Toews. This feat is more amazing when you discover Drew is a defenseman. A job that usually takes years of development to become really good at, and certainly a job you would expect to be filled by experienced veterans at the major international level. In fact, he is over 4 years younger than the next youngest defenseman on the team, Shea Weber.
But Drew has certainly earned his spot on the club. The 2nd overall pick of the L.A. Kings in the 2008 NHL entry draft has lived up to his hype since being selected. Now in his 2nd full season with the club, Drew has already cemented himself as one of the teams top defensemen, playing power play, even strength & short handed situations.
Currently 5th in league scoring amongst NHL defensemen, Drew shows no shortage of offensive skill in his game. Logging the 14th most minutes of any NHL defenseman this season is notable too, as it shows the team relies on him in all types of scenarios. Not just for his offense.
Drew brings in some international experience to the 2010 games. He has played both in the World Juniors & the World championships. Winning a gold at the WJHC & a silver at the WHC.
Its clear to anyone watching this kid that he is special & has done everything needed to make this team. Drew Doughty likely will be a force for Canada for years to come, and in 2010, this could be his coming out party, and with his only 2 international tournaments garnering medals, I am sure he plans to make it a hat trick in Vancouver.
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