According to Nicholas Goss of NESN on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Drew Doughty of London, Ontario is one of three finalists for the 2016 Norris Trophy. Doughty, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, is joined by Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. The Norris Trophy is presented to the NHL’s top defenseman.
According to Rotoworld, this is the third time in Doughty’s career that he has been nominated for the Norris Trophy. He was a finalist in 2015 and lost to Karlsson.
In 2015-16, Doughty had 14 goals and 37 assists for 51 points in 82 games. He was also a +24 and scored the first shorthanded goal of his National Hockey League career. It came in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on January 27.
Karlsson led all NHL defensemen with 66 assists and 82 points. Burns led all NHL defensemen with 27 goals. Doughty however has an advantage over Karlsson and Burns because he is the only Norris Trophy nominee to be a plus player. Karlsson was a -2 and Burns was a -5. Doughty meanwhile won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In other NHL news, the Anaheim Ducks have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau after five seasons. The Ducks were expected to contend for the Stanley Cup but were upset by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators meanwhile lost 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks in game one of the Western Conference semi-final. The Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in game one of their series.