The Los Angeles Kings star rearguard doesn't have much in the way of empty space on his mantle, but based on his comments following Thursday's win over the Ottawa Senators, he wants to be recognized as the NHL's best.
"I always obviously want to outplay the opposing team's best defenseman. I think (Thursday) I did it for sure, (Friday is) going to be a tough challenge," Doughty said via NHL.com's Sean Farrell.
"P.K.'s a good player; I'm going to have to outplay him if we want to win the game."
Despite being one of the game's most decorated players at 25, Doughty has only been recognized as a top-three defenseman once in his seven-year career.
This season, Doughty ranks second in the league in time on ice, averaging nearly 29 minutes per night, but his 15 points on the season fails to rank him in the top-20 among scoring defenseman.
- with h/t to ProHockeyTalk