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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Doughty the Norris favorite and other midseason award picks

Drew Doughty constantly thinks about winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. If he keeps up this pace, that will become a reality in less than five months.

Doughty doesn't blow away the competition statistically like Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators or John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars, but the Los Angeles Kings star is dominant at both ends of the rink. He controls the puck more than anyone at his position and raises his game in the biggest spots — the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics.

Maybe that's why Doughty has fallen short in Norris voting in the past — the regular season isn't his peak time to shine. But Doughty has been on the ice...