No Selke for Kopitar, no Norris for Doughty - LA Kings Insider

Drew Doughty will win a Norris Trophy in his playing career. That will happen. Likewise, it’s easy to see Anze Kopitar winning a Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward at some point in his already accomplished career. Unfortunately, 2015 won’t be that year.

Erik Karlsson won his second career Norris Trophy and Patrice Bergeron won his third career Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Rob Blake’s win in 1998 remains the only Norris Trophy claimed by a King, while the Selke continues to be dominated by Midwestern and eastern teams. Since it was first awarded to Bob Gainey in 1978 (and won by Gainey in the three successive seasons), the Selke has been won by a player for an Eastern Time Zone team 29 times, a Central Time Zone team 7 times, and a Mountain or Pacific Time Zone team once: Ryan Kesler in 2011. Thank you for bearing with the continual reminder of a factoid you probably can recite verbatim at this point.

Kopitar was not the favorite for the Selke this year, though he did produce outstanding possession and defensive numbers again. His +359 differential in five-on-five shot attempts led all forwards, and amongst forwards, his +177 five-on-five shot on goal differential was tied for the league lead with Bergeron. Kopitar took five minor penalties and finished with a +10 penalty plus/minus, which ranked second on the Kings and tied for 26th in the NHL. His five-on-five Corsi-for rate was 59.22%, which ranked fourth amongst league forwards. As it turns out, this year’s Selke was actually an incredibly close two-way race between Bergeron and Jonathan Toews.

Doughty not winning the Norris, on the other hand, stings for the defenseman and stings for Kings fans. In terms of the full package, his palpable competitiveness and so many more tangible and intangible assets, he represents the absolute cream of the crop of elite NHL defensemen, and in a season in which the Kings dealt with Willie Mitchell’s and Slava Voynov’s subtractions, and given the level of play he maintained while averaging 28:59 of ice time per night, he was certainly as deserving of the award as any. The voting was incredibly close, and Doughty actually finished with nine more first place votes than Karlsson:

Repeat after me: Drew Doughty will win a Norris Trophy. At some point. And probably more than one.

P.K. Subban was also a finalist for the Norris – he won the trophy in 2013 – and didn’t make much of any perceived friendly personal rivalry with Doughty. (Doughty said “I’m going to have to outplay him if we want to win the game,” the morning of a December game in Montreal.)

“Listen, he’s a great player but my job every night is to be the best player I can be. And if that’s against him and I end up being the first star of the game, then great,” he said on Wednesday. “But you have to remember something, that our responsibility as a team is to win hockey games. That’s the most important thing and I think we were 1-1 this year. We beat them in our barn and they beat us in theirs.”

The Kings will learn shortly whether Kopitar will win the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.