Even though the Stanley Cup Playoffs are ongoing, it is award season. So far the league has come out with the Selke Trophy, and the Calder Trophy nominees. Up next is the Norris Trophy nominees for the 2023 NHL Season.
Norris Trophy Nominees
One of the other awards for the NHL is the Norris Trophy. This award goes to the best defensemen throughout the entire season. The Norris Trophy nominees this season are Erik Karlsson, Adam Fox, and Cale Makar. Each defensemen was special this season and made an impact for their respective teams.
Karlsson had one of the best single seasons for a defensemen in a long time. It nearly puts what Roman Josi and Makar did a few season ago to shame. Karlsson eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first-time since Brian Leetch (1991-92). The San Jose Sharks were not very good, but Karlsson was. He was not the best defensively, but hitting the century point mark and driving offence like he did is worth everything.
Fox was arguably the best when it came to playing in his own end. He led all defensemen in takeaways (88) while also being an offensive machine. In addition, he is great in transition and drives the play forward. He had a knack for offence and creating scoring chances. Not only does he get it done at 5v5, but he is also an assist machine on the powerplay. Fox finished the season with 72 points and set a career-high in goals (12).
Cale Makar ranked second among defensemen with 1.10 points per game (17-49—66 in 60 GP) and finished among the top blueliners in game-winning goals (t-2nd; 6), goals (6th) and power-play points (6th; 30). #NHLAwards#NHLStats: https://t.co/PBHG7Ytaru pic.twitter.com/JdaOPBtOty
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Maker is no stranger to being one of the Norris Trophy nominees. Despite being injured this season on a few occasions, he had a strong season for the Avalanche. Known as an offensive machine and high-point producer, Makar had a strong season defensively. His two-way game showed this season earning him a spot on the ballot. In addition, Makar ranked second among all defensemen with 1.10 in points per game.
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