Each day until the NHL Awards show June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman – Finalists: Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins; Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks; Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Will win –
Playing in Boston for the Red Sox, Patriots or Bruins always gives players more attention, and for this reason Chara, the captain of the Bruins, will end up taking home the Norris Trophy. Standing nearly 7-feet-tall on skates, and the biggest player in NHL history, the league has always been enamored with Chara’s height. Nicknamed “Big Z,” Chara had 40 points this season with 17 goals, and had the highest shooting percentage (10.1) of his career.
– For the last two years the Norris Trophy has gone to the best offensive-defenseman in the league, P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) in 2012-13, and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) in 2011-12. That’s not what the Norris Trophy is about. This year the Norris Trophy should go to the man who led his team in points, as a defenseman, power-play goals and points, blocked shots, hits and time on ice. Nashville’s Shea Weber also led all defenseman in goals, and averaged 26:54 on ice per game (more than Chara and Keith). Weber has to be the best defensive player, and one of the best offensive players for the Predators to not get blown out of every game.
Do you agree? Who do you think should win?