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Doughty ranked 3rd among D-men in NHL 16

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

In anticipation of the release of EA Sports’ 25th installment of their NHL series, ‘NHL 16’, they’ve published their list of the Top 10 ranked goaltenders to be featured in the game when it hits shelves in North American stores on September 15.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been given a player ranking of 93 – tying him for 2nd overall on EA’s Top 10 list with Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and Chicago’s Duncan Keith. Nashville’s Shea Weber is #1 on EA’s list, topping all defensemen in the game with a player ranking of 94 – just barely topping Doughty for the top spot.

“Having turned 25 in December, Doughty has not yet hit his prime years,” Jon Rosen said in his 2014-’15 evalutation of the Kings’ star blue-liner. “There are many outstanding seasons ahead for the generational talent, who commands a $7.0 AAV through 2018-19, which is now squarely in the “team-friendly” realm. He is part of the Quick-Doughty-Kopitar Holy Trinity, which deems that the Kings will be in Stanley Cup contention for as long as the three are together while they are in or nearing their primes.”

Doughty played in all 82 regular season games for the Kings last year, racking up 46 points in the form of seven goals and 39 assists. Doughty led all NHL players in minutes played with 2,378 – he averaged 28 minutes of ice time per game, behind only Ryan Suter’s 29:04.

The full rankings list looks as follows:

10: Alex Pietrangelo – STL (90)
9: Roman Josi – NSH (90)
8: Ryan McDonagh – NYR (90)
7: Victor Hedman – TBL (91)
6: P.K. Subban – MTL (91)
5: Erik Karlsson – OTT (91)
4: Ryan Suter – MIN (93)
Drew Doughty – LAK (93)
2: Duncan Keith – CHI (93)
1: Shea Weber – NSH (94)

You can watch the official NHL 16 trailer below:

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