Kings’ Doughty Wins Norris Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Doughty was named on 147 of 150 ballots and received 93 first-place votes for 1,254 voting points, enough to edge defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators (1,020 points) and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks (619). Doughty captured his first Norris Trophy in his third appearance as a finalist.
He becomes the second player in franchise history to win the Norris, joining Kings VP/Assistant GM Rob Blake (1998). Doughty appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and was third in the League in average ice time (28:01), helping the Kings to a third consecutive top-five finish in team defense (third, 2.34 GA/GP).
He registered his highest goals and points totals since 2009-10 (14-37–51), posted a career-best +24 rating and topped the NHL in several enhanced statistics categories, including the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential) – the Kings recorded 537 more shot attempts than they allowed with him on the ice at 5-on-5. 2015-2016 Norris Trophy Voting