The Los Angeles Kings are a strong defensive team. They led the NHL in goals against in 2013-14 and ranked 11th in penalty kill percentage. The Kings play a physically dominating style of play that can wear down teams. With a goalie as good as Jonathan Quick, who posted a .915 save percentage in 49 games last season, it is easy to overlook some of the team’s defenseman. I will count down the Kings top five defenseman from last season’s Stanly Cup Champions.
5. Robyn Regehr
Regehr, a six foot three inch 225 pound defenseman has just finished his 15th season in the NHL. In 79 games for the Kings last season Regehr scored 14 points on three goals and 11 assists. He finished the season with a plus six rating. Regehr has been a finalist for the Norris trophy for NHL’s best defenseman in 2005 and 2006 as a member of the Flames. Regehr is defensively sound and has a career plus 20 rating.
4. Alec Martinez
Martinez played in a career high 61 games for the Kings last season scoring 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points and finished with a plus 17 rating, by far the best of his five year career. The six foot one inch 206 pound defenseman also played in all 26 playoff games for the Kings last season scoring five goals and five assists in rout to his second championship.
3. Jake Muzzin
Muzzin, standing at six feet three inches and 215 pounds, played in a career high 76 games for L.A. last season. Muzzin scored five goals and had 19 assists for 24 points last season finished with a plus eight rating. In his third NHL season the 25-year-old played in all 26 playoff games for L.A. and scored six goals and six assists for 12 points and has a plus six rating.
2. Slava Voynov
Voynov, a 24-year-old defenseman, is a little undersized at six feet 190 pounds but makes up for it with his offensive abilities. Voynov scored four goals and had 30 assists for 34 points last season and finished with a plus six rating. Voynov, who played in all 82 games in his third NHL season, was a help in the playoffs scoring nine points and finished with a plus four rating on the way to his second championship.
1. Drew Doughty
Doughty is another young defenseman but he has made a name for himself because of his stellar defensive play. The 24-year-old finished his sixth NHL season in which he scored 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points in 78 games. He finished the 2013-14 regular season with a plus 17 rating and continued his good defensive play in the playoffs finishing with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points and a plus two rating. Doughty is now a two-time Stanly Cup Champion and at just 24 years-old he still has a long career ahead of him.
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