The field for the James Norris Memorial Trophy received a makeover this season.
Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadians and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild are this year's finalists for the trophy awarded to the defenseman that shows the "greatest all-round ability" at the position, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
I think Subban should win, he's been more complete than the other wo, and played a more important rol. But, he won't win as his reputation and the sheer dislike around the league for him are too great to overcome it to win. The writer's have built in excuses (TOOI vs Suter, PPG vs Letang, etc, etc).
No surprise. Subban has been playing extremely well ever since he signed this year. I thought he had the potential to be a norris candidate last year. But obviously, it was much harder for him to prove it on the ****** team we had.
Congratulations to Subban! I don't think anyone is surprised about the 3 picks for Norris. They were clearly the 3 stand-out defensemen this year.
My money is on Suter. He was a beast for Minny down the stretch and was regularly playing 30-32 minutes as they tried to make the playoffs. Letang's offensive numbers aren't all that impressive considering the team he plays on. Plus, he's the softest d-wise of the 3. Subban's overall lack of minutes hurts him.
Are the Norris voters more biased towards early-season or late-season play? If they are more biased towards late-season play then Subban stands a fighting chance, where he has eaten many minutes as a #1.