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Doughty Ranked No. 9 on NHL Network's Top 20 Defensemen List

#NHLTopPlayers list puts the LA Kings Drew Doughty among the top defensemen in the NHL heading into the 2019-20 season

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The NHL Network continued their #NHLTopPlayers Right Now by ranking the Top 20 Defensemen in the League.

And for the third straight year, Drew Doughty is ranked in the Top 10.


No. 9: Drew Doughty

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Doughty finished second in ice time per game (26:36) and total ice time (2,180:48) last season after leading the NHL in total ice time the previous two seasons.

He had 45 points (eight goals, 37 assists), including 24 on the power play. A four-time Norris Trophy finalist and the winner for 2015-16, the 29-year-old played all 82 games each of the past five seasons and has missed 16 games in his 11-season NHL career.

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Doughty is the second Kings player (Rob Blake in 1998) to win the Norris Trophy, as he took home the award in 2016. He has been named to five consecutive NHL All-Star Games as well and is a three-time NHL First Team All-Star (2017-18, 2015-16 and 2008-09) and a two-time NHL Second Team All Star (2014-15 and 2009-10).

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During his 11-year NHL career, Doughty has appeared in 852 regular season games, and tallied 467 points (110-357=467), a plus-59 rating and 599 penalty minutes.

He's the franchise leader among defensemen in games played and assists, and ranked second in goals and points (trailing only Blake in both categories).

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