For Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, this season is all about making the right decisions.

He seems to be off to a good start. Doughty, prone to weight problems, stayed in shape during the NHL lockout by working with a trainer and practicing with the junior team near his home in London, Canada. Gearing up for the opening of training camp Sunday and launching the 48-game season next Saturday, Doughty pronounced himself pleased with his fitness after he joined teammates for an informal workout in El Segundo.

"I probably weigh about 205 right now, which is a little bit down from what it was last year, so I'm feeling good," he said Friday. "This week is going to be important for everyone to get in shape and get back into game form, so we're all looking forward to it."

The most important choices for Doughty's life and career are still ahead.

He has the skating ability, vision, shot, and defensive instincts to take a stranglehold on the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's top defenseman, and he finished third in voting for the 2009-10 season. Doughty, 23, acknowledged he hasn't consistently maintained that level of performance but said he's committed to getting back and staying there.