LOS ANGELES – There’s this defenseman in the Stanley Cup Final. He’s 24 years old and a former first-round draft pick. He plays huge chunks of minutes for his team, and it’s not a stretch to call him the best player on the ice at any position in some of the playoff games in which he’s appeared.
His name is Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, although you might not have heard it mentioned as often as the other guy who fits the description above, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.
Doughty is getting the kind of attention befitting of an elite player who shines on the biggest stage. (And, let’s face it, one that doesn’t necessarily get the shine from national media during the regular season due to geography.) There are valentines being written about him. Every player gets asked about him. And all the coverage gets validated when he scores immaculate goals like the one he tallied in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Doughty has 17 points in 22 playoff games to lead all defensemen.Read More »from Ryan McDonagh, the other amazing super awesome young defenseman in Stanley Cup Final