On Friday, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
was named one of the three finalists for the NHL’s Norris Trophy, an award given to the “top defense player who demontrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.”
Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and San Jose’s Brent Burns were the other two finalists named.
This marks the second straight year that Doughty has finished as a finalist for the trophy, his third time overall. Doughty earned a Norris nomination following the 2009-’10 season.
As for Doughty’s counterparts, Erik Karlsson has been nominated as a finalist for the award twice, and has won it both times, 2012 and 2015. Brent Burns has never been nominated in the top three for the esteemed award.
Doughty’s 2,297 minutes played this season was third among defensemen, he averaged 28:01 minutes each game. His 51 point-total was ninth among defensemen and the second most in his NHL career, he recorded 59 in 2009-’10.
The Kings’ defensive horse posted a +24 rating, fifth-best among defensemen, and a league-best 58.9% Corsi-for.
“Doughty, who drove puck possession with a League-leading 58.89 Corsi-for percentage in 5-on-5 situations, ranked third in the League in average ice time (28:01) to help lead the Kings to a third consecutive top-five finish in team defense with a 2.34 goals-against average. His 14 goals and 51 points were his most since the 2009-10 season (16 goals, 59 points), and his plus-24 rating was an NHL career high. The Kings took 537 more shots than they allowed with Doughty on the ice at 5-on-5. Doughty, a three-time finalist, was third in voting in 2009-10 and second in 2014-15.” From LAKingsInsider.com: