Frozen Royalty: Norris Trophy Should Go To Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty
Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded (congrats, ‘Hawks!), the next thing we have to look forward to is the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Normally, as Kings fans, we wouldn’t really care because no King ever gets nominated for an award. Last year, Chris made the case that the Kings needed some more trophies. This year, young Drew Doughty has a shot for the Norris Trophy. Here’s Gann Matsuda’s case on why Doughnuts should get that award.
LOS ANGELES — With the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2010 Stanley Cup on June 9, the 2009-10 National Hockey League season is over and attention now turns to the league’s annual awards, which will be presented at the Palms in Las Vegas on June 23.
LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty could become the second-youngest player to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy on June 23, 2010.
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Perhaps the most interesting race for the awards will be for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defenseman during the regular season.
The finalists are Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.
Green, 24, led all defenseman in goals, assists and points with 19 goals and 57 assists for 76 points. He ranked tenth league-wide in assists, led all defenseman with ten power play goals, ranked second among defensemen with a +39 plus/minus rating and was second among blue liners with four game-winning goals and ninth in time on ice per game (25:28).
The 26-year-old Keith also had solid offensive numbers, scoring 14 goals and adding 55 assists for 69 points. Among defensemen, he ranked sixth in goals, second in assists and in points, ninth in plus/minus and second in ice time per game (26:55).
Among NHL defensemen Doughty, 20, ranked third in overall scoring with 59 points on 16 goals and 43 assists, second in goals, fifth in assists, and eleventh in plus/minus (+20). He tied for second in power play goals among defensemen with nine and ranked first with five game-winning goals among the blue liners. League-wide, Doughty ranked thirteenth in ice time per game (24:58).
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