AXS Sports is currently featuring the top seven Los Angeles Kings players all-time at every position. In the fourth of the six-part series, it is time to feature right-handed shooting defensemen. The Kings superstar who is first on the list is active Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who on June 29, 2018, signed an eight-year contract extension worth $88 million.
7) Bill White--Known as being the first star defenseman in the Kings organization, Bill White represented Los Angeles at the 1969 and 1970 NHL All-Star Games. In 189 regular season games, White 20 goals and 66 assists for 86 points before being traded to the Chicago Black Hawks on Feb. 20, 1970. White would go on to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, where the Canadians beat the Soviet Union in a famous eight-game series.
6) Matt Greene--Acquired by the Los Angeles Kings from the Edmonton Oilers with Jarret Stoll for Lubomir Visnovsky on June 29, 2008, Greene played nine seasons with the Kings from 2008 to 2017. In 464 regular season games, Greene had 16 goals and 51 assists for 67 points and was a +21. A member of the Kings when they won their two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, Greene had 13 points in 61 playoff games.
5) Marty McSorley--Acquired by the Kings with Wayne Gretzky in the 1988 blockbuster, McSorley played eight seasons with the Kings from 1988 to 1996. Known for his aggressive style, McSorley had a Kings record 1846 penalty minutes in 472 games, including 399 penalty minutes in the 1992-93 regular season, which was a franchise single-season record. Even though McSorley was an elite enforcer, he was very responsible in his own end of the ice. During the 1990-91 season, McSorley led the NHL with a +48 rating. Offensively, he had 71 goals and 163 assists for 234 points.
4) Bob Murdoch--Acquired by the Kings in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens on May 29, 1973, Murdoch played six seasons with the Kings from 1973-1979. In 414 regular season games, Murdoch had 41 goals and 130 assists for 171 points. However, it was Murdoch's consistent defensive zone coverage, which deserved high praise. His +80 all-time with the Kings is second all-time among Kings defensemen (only behind Doughty at +94). In 1974-75, Murdoch was a +39, and in 1976-77, he was a +35.
3) Larry Murphy--Selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the Kings in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy played four seasons with the Kings from 1980 to 1983. In 242 games, Murphy had 52 goals and 155 assists for 207 points. Murphy's most impressive season with the Kings was his first. In 80 games, Murphy set the Kings franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman with 76 (16 goals and 60 assists). That same season, Murphy was the runner-up to Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques for the Calder Trophy.
2) Rob Blake--Selected in the fourth round, 70th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Blake played a total of 805 games with the Kings from 1989-2001 and 2006-2008. Over that time he had 161 goals and 333 assists for 494 points. In 1998, Blake became the first Kings defenseman in franchise history to win the Norris Trophy. Blake's best offensive season in the NHL came with the Kings in 1993-94, when he had career highs in assists (48) and points (68). Ninth all-time in Kings scoring, Blake's 494 points is most among Kings defensemen. Blake represented the Kings at three NHL All-Star Games and was a first-team all-star in 1998. Also known for his leadership, he was the Kings captain from 1995-2001 and again from 2007-08. In 2014, Blake was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1) Drew Doughty--Selected in the first round, second overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Doughty has played 770 games with the Kings since 2008. In 10 NHL seasons, Doughty has 102 goals and 320 assists for 422 points. He is also the Kings' all-time leader in plus/minus among defensemen at +94. A two-time first team NHL all-star, Doughty has represented the Kings at the last four NHL All-Star Games. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Doughty is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Team Canada, and like Blake, won a Norris Trophy, with Doughty being recognized as the NHL's top defenseman for the 2015-16 season.