Sep 222011

In That’s Hockey’s Studs and Duds, Jason Botchford blames Dean Lombardi for not getting Drew Doughty signed. His reason? Botchford argues Lombardi committed the franchise money to the wrong player. Botchford must own a crystal ball none of us have because he might’ve been the only person in 2009 who would’ve said Doughty would be worth more than Anze Kopitar.

Heading into the 2009-10 season, which would end up being Doughty’s breakout year, the Kings had every right to believe Kopitar was the franchise player. Sure, Doughty was picked second overall, but he was coming off an up-and-down season where he scored only 6 goals and was -19. He was getting a lot of ice-time but that was also the year Kyle Quincey was the Kings’ best defenseman. There was nothing to suggest that by the summer of 2011, the asking price for Doughty was over $6.8 million.

Let’s also keep in mind that when Kopitar signed that seven-year, $47.6 million contract in October 2008, he was coming off a breakout season of his own, notching 32 goals and 77 points. That season, the 2007-’08 season, saw Drew Doughty post less than a point per game with the Guelph Storm.

To blame Lombardi for giving Kopitar franchise player money when Doughty was still plowing through the OHL is just absurd.

  4 Responses to “Anze Kopitar and dud logic”

  1. Doughty was selected 2nd overall.

  2. Wierd, I wonder who that Steve B comment was by! Anyways, I still think Kopitar is worth more then Doughty. Doughty has had one good season, and actually played his best hockey outside the NHL (during the Olympics.) I personally think the dollar figure that the Doughty camp is aiming for is absurd. If he sits out it wont be because of a lack of trying from the Lombardi camp. It will be because Doughty/His agent are massively overvaluing his worth. Doughty will one day be a/the premier d-man in the NHL. Right now there are a solid 8-10 d-men I would take ahead of him.


  3. […] ARM CHAIR HOCKEY: Jason Chen spanks Jason Botchford of TSN’s That’s Hockey for his comments criticizing Kings GM Dean Lombardi for investing big bucks in the wrong player (Anze Kopitar) when he should’ve invested in Doughty. […]

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