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Doughty, 28, has won the Stanley Cup twice with the Kings, in 2012 and 2014, and two Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014, all before he turned 25. "He's been Corey Crawford Women's Jersey a really good player for a long time," Kings coach John Stevens said. "He was a really good player when I got here. I think he's playing as mature a game now as he ever has." There is plenty of evidence to support Doughty's contention about his game. Doughty, named to his fourth NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, has 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists) in 42 games and is ahead of his pace from 2015-16, when he had 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) after 42 games and won the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman. His Kings-leading plus-21 rating is tied for the second-best among NHL defensemen with Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning (they trail Stralman's Duncan Keith Women's Jersey teammate Victor Hedman, who is plus-24). Doughty has four game-winning goals, tied with center Anze Kopitar for the most on Los Angeles. Lightning rookie Mikhail Sergachev is the only defenseman with more (five). "I know my points are coming, but that's not even the best part of my game," said Doughty, who is in his 10th NHL season. "My defensive game's gotten better, my leadership got better. I'm controlling the game more. So I feel really good about my game right now, but I've still got room for improvement and want to keep getting better." Stevens also has noticed Doughty's evolution. Stevens, who was promoted on April 23 to take over for Darryl Sutter, has been on the Kings coaching staff Jonathan Toews Women's Jersey since the 2010-11 season. "The biggest change in his game for me has probably been leadership," Stevens said. "He's taken a really active role. Sometimes guys change a little bit where they're a little more outspoken in the [dressing] room and it's uncomfortable for them. "But I think Drew, in the past, was maybe a little respectful to people that were here. We have some veteran [defensemen] that have moved on, like [Robyn] Regehr and [Rob] Scuderi and [Matt] Greene." Doughty won't be hiding his emotions on the ice or on the bench anytime soon, but he is still learning, still trying to improve in that area. "I would like Patrick Kane Women's Jersey to fix when I lose it on the refs," he said, smiling. "But I've been a lot better at that, 100 percent. The guys on the team, sometimes they tell me, 'Drew, settle down.' But I think they like how competitive I am. They feed off of it a little bit. They get some good laughs out of it sometimes, too." Stevens said that the increased leadership responsibilities have not been a burden. "If anything, it's only enhanced his play," Stevens said. "He still takes great pride in defending. He can control the game because he has the puck a lot. He's really been a big proponent of our philosophy of trying to play faster in the neutral zone." The prospect of making those changes appealed to Doughty and defenseman Alec Martinez when they had conversations with Stevens in the offseason. The Kings went 8-1-1 in their first 10 games and were 11-2-2 after a 4-3 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 7. They are 24-13-5 and in second place in the Pacific Division, seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights.
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