Rob Scuderi

Although Drew Doughty's production has declined, his leadership has grown

Although Drew Doughty's production has declined, his leadership has grown

Drew Doughty’s name isn’t coming up in conversations about possible winners of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, and it’s easy to think of several reasons why he won’t repeat as winner of an award he won last year but probably should have won two or three years sooner.

The extraordinary scoring totals of San Jose’s Brent Burns, who had 27 goals and 71 points through Friday, make Doughty’s nine goals and 41 points seem modest. Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, who plays more like a rover than a traditional defenseman, wasn’t far behind Burns at 67 points. The performances of perennial standout Duncan Keith of Chicago and Nashville’s Roman Josi have won praise and have overshadowed...

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