Hear me out for a second before you get all upset.
Drew Doughty is absolutely a top five defense man in the National Hockey League. He absolutely is a valuable part of the Kings back end and also a huge part of their offensive attack.
He absolutely has a history of performing well in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Had Jonathan Quick not won the Conn Smythe in 2012 one would think you would have to give it to either Drew Doughty or maybe Dustin Brown (he played surprisingly well that postseason too).
He is playing lights out once again this post season. So are Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams, and Jeff Carter. When those four are on there is no stopping the Kings from scoring multiple goals.
But lately, people such as Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun have been calling Drew Doughty the best player in the NHL. Yes, I am sadly not joking. The number one best player in the league. He concluded his article with saying Doughty is the best player in hockey.
Calling him a top ten player in the league may be a stretch as there are a handful of good players in the league. Even considering him the best on his team may be questionable. Anze Kopitar appears to look that part sometimes and has been nominated for the Frank J. Selke trophy this season.
Saying he is the best in the league is purely laughable. Nicklas Lidstrom who has won more Norris trophies than I can count on one hand and a top five defense man of all time never was hands down the best player in the league. He even has twice as many rings as Doughty has, even if Doughty were to win the Stanley Cup this year.
Drew Doughty is great but let’s not get ahead of ourselves calling him the best player in the league just because he is the flavour of the month. If we were sent back in time to the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs would we be calling Claude Lemieux the best forward in the league?
We can make a case for Doughty being the best d-man in the league right now with Shea Weber and Duncan Keith near him but we can’t make a convincing case for him being the undisputed best in the league.