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Drew Doughty enjoyed a successful foray into the NHL after he was drafted in 2008, just behind Steven Stamkos.
He has developed into one of the top young defensemen in the league, possessing the perfect blend of grit and skill.
But when he held out from signing a contract at the start of the season, he placed a big target on his head for the fans and media alike to scrutinize his play this year.
He eventually signed an eight-year deal with Los Angeles, but after all the hype, he has played in only six games, contributed two assists and has a minus-two rating.
Everyone knows Doughty will need some time to get back into the swing of things after missing much of the preseason, but Kings fans hope that time is sooner rather than later.
Don't expect to see Doughty's name in any trade rumors, as the Kings have gone all in with him and his contract. But after dropping games against the Oilers and Avalanche over the weekend, Los Angeles will no doubt need their top blueliner to step it up to help turn things around.