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2018-19 NHL Player Poll: Find Out Where Kopitar and Doughty Rank

NHL players weigh in on hockey-related topics such as player skills, arenas, teams and everything in between

by Robyn Dutton @LAKings /

The annual NHL Player Poll, a 20-question hockey-related survey, gives fans an insight into the minds of NHL Players. Over 500 players voted on a variety of topics, such as player skills, arenas, teams and everything in between.

Even in a year that hasn't been successful for the Kings, both Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar were still listed in the ranks. 

Doughty was mentioned numerous times, being named the second "Best Defenseman" with 20.9% of the votes. He came in second to only Victor Hedman, and ranked above Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Roman Josi. 

"When you look at the season, my defensive game has still gotten better," he said. "Every year it gets better. I get more confidence, I feel better making plays in my own zone. I know I'm minus a ton this year, but that's just the way the season's going."

He's willing to do literally anything to keep the puck out of the net. 

Video: NSH@LAK: Doughty denies Arvidsson with his visor

Known for his trash talking, Doughty was also voted the second "Best Trash Talker" with 11.8% votes, coming in second to only Brad Marchand. Is licking considered trash talking? Behind Doughty, in spots three through five, were Ryan Reaves, Claude Giroux and Nick Cousins.

Though Doughty seems to dish it out a lot, it has to be hard for players to give it back to him. "How do you chirp one of the best defensemen in the world? Like, what do you say to him?" his defensive partner Derek Forbort said to LA Kings Insider. "You can't tell him he sucks at hockey."

Doughty likely didn't have David Pastrnak's vote, though, since the Boston Bruins forward has said, "he's missing two teeth, so I never understand his English."

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And to no surprise, with his goofy toothless grin and exuberant personality, Doughty was voted the second "Funniest Player" with 7.8% votes. 

I mean, even his laugh makes us laugh. 

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The Captain also made the list, coming in fifth with 3.5% of the votes in the "Most Difficult to Play Against" category. A two-way player, who is smart and skilled, surely isn't easy to play against. He was beat out by Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Mackinnon. Pretty good company to be in if you ask us. 

This season, Kopitar has recorded 51 points (20-31=51) and is on track to play in his 1,000 game by the end of the season. 

Video: LAK@NYR: Kopitar goes top shelf with perfect backhand

Among all the players, golf was their favorite sport to watch outside of hockey, followed closely by football and soccer. And Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Lebron James, Tom Brady and Lionel Messi were among the favorite athletes to watch. 

Another topic the players voted on was whether or not to feature nicknames on their jerseys in a regular season game, similar to MLB Players' Weekend. This could be something to look for in the future, as two-thirds of players voted in favor of the jerseys.

With nicknames like Soupy, Juice and Brownie, we are guaranteed to see some unique jerseys... or at least work up an appetite.

Tweet from @DodgerInsider: Players' Weekend is back Aug. 24-26. See the full list of @Dodgers nicknames here.

One area we felt the results were incorrect was the "Best Hair in the League" category. Yes, Erik Karlsson might be the very definition of hockey hair, but clearly Adrian Kempe was overlooked in this area. 

"There are a lot of Swedes that have long hair," Kempe said. "In the future, maybe I'll crack the top five, but I think I've got to grow it a little more."

And so we wait...

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