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10-25-2012, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by struckbyaparkedcar View Post
But not the best which was the value judgement that I quoted. Karlsson might've been hurt by his lack of PK time, and considered by a majority to not be the best all-around defenseman (or even #2) but that might have been offset by vote splitting between the clear-cut best defensive guys. We don't know.
I'm not sure what you mean.

The totals are out there:

Erik Karlsson 1,069 points (66-31-32-9-5)
Shea Weber 1,057 points (49-54-32-9-2)
Zdeno Chara 950 points (32-48-47-19-2)
Alex Pietrangelo 381 points (0-7-20-68-28)

So yeah, if everyone who voted for Chara would have voted for Weber, then yes, Weber would have won the Norris.

If the assumption is that they both have similar playing styles, which they do, then yes, that's reasonable.

Again, this is a result of the fact that there was no debate whatsoever with regard to those who value offensive contributions from defencemen, which is why Karlsson has a fairly clear lead in 1st place votes.

The fact that those 3 are very close in total top 3 votes goes to show that there really wasn't any other horse in this race.

It's also clear that no one defenceman was considered by a majority to be the best defenceman in the league last year according to the voting.

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