Drew Doughty: How He Compares to the 17 Top-Paid Defenseman in the NHL

October 1st, 2011 by Andy Campbell Leave a reply »
Drew Doughty finally ended his holdout with the Los Angeles Kings this week, signing an eight-year deal worth $56 million. This is certainly a good move for the Kings, locking down one of the league's best defenseman for a long period of time.

Some eyebrows have been raised due to the length and dollar amount of the deal, but after Shea Weber signed for a deal worth $7.5 million a year, the Doughty singing should not be a surprise.

Currently, there are a number of defensemen with large or lucrative contracts, and what is more interesting to take a look at is the value of Doughty and his contract versus other players in the league. While Doughty is certainly a premier player, there are other defensemen making less money that some may feel have more to offer on the ice.

For the sake of this argument, we examine only the defensemen that have contracts granting them over $5 million a season.  Some may be worth every penny, while others are clearly not worth the cap hit.

On an overall level, how does Doughty's game compare to those other D-men making top dollars? 

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