Hedman claims Norris; Doughty the runner up - LA Kings Insider

It was relatively close, but Drew Doughty finished in second place to Victor Hedman in 2018 Norris Trophy voting:

As shown, P.K. Subban finished in third, edging out Seth Jones and John Carlson.

This is the second time that Doughty, the 2016 Norris winner, finished in second place for the trophy. In 2015, he was runner up to Erik Karlsson despite garnering 53 first place votes to Karlsson’s 44. In 2010, he finished third behind Duncan Keith and Mike Green. A glance at each player’s Norris credentials was shared on LAKI in April.

“I think he’s one of the best defensemen in the league,” Arizona rookie Clayton Keller, the third place finisher for the Calder Memorial Trophy, said of Doughty. “He’s so smart, he’s skilled. There’s nothing bad about his game. That’s why he is where he is, and he’s obviously really tough to play against. Good stick. He’s not afraid to use the body. It’s tough, because pretty much every time I was out there, he was out there, too. You’ve really got to work on your chances and just capitalize on the bounces that you get.”

Doughty experienced a career year statistically in 2017-18, setting career highs with 50 assists and 60 points. Among his strongest claims would be that he led the NHL with an average time on ice per game of 26:50, marking the 10th consecutive year he led the team in that category, and played more minutes than any other player in the league. He appeared in all 82 games for the fourth consecutive season and is now two games away from tying Anze Kopitar’s franchise record of 330 consecutive games played.

Doughty (2015) and Rob Blake (1998) are the only players to have won a Norris Trophy as a member of the LA Kings.

-Lead photo via Scott Audette/NHLI

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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.