Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/05/14 at 05:38 AM ET
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,
Who are the best 14 players in the NHL at each position as teams prepare for the start of the 2014-15 season? Arpon Basu, Brian Compton, Corey Masisak and Dan Rosen have cast their votes and the result is NHL.com's "Top 14 for '14-15" project....
1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, 52 points (2 first-place votes)2013-14: 10 goals, 37 points, 78 games played
None of Doughty's statistics, advanced or otherwise, jump off the page. He was 30th among NHL defensemen in scoring last season and his possession numbers, while strong, are not outstanding. But Doughty has played a central role in two Stanley Cup victories and two gold medal performances for Canada at the Olympics in the past four years, establishing himself as one of the top players in the NHL. All this before his 25th birthday. Scary.
2. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, 51 points (1 first-place vote)2013-14: 23 goals, 56 points, 79 games played
Weber has scored at least 15 goals in each of the six full NHL seasons he has played. His 129 goals scored during the past eight seasons are 25 more than the next closest defenseman in that span. In addition to that, Weber plays some of the most difficult minutes of any defenseman in the NHL, and he plays a lot of them.
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