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Poll: New Mr. Norris (61 member(s) have cast votes)

Who do you believe has the best chance to become a top PERENNIAL contender for the Norris Trophy?

  1. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (one-time winner, 2012 finalist) (9 votes [10.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.11%

  2. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (one-time winner) (2 votes [2.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.25%

  3. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators (2012 finalist) (35 votes [39.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.33%

  4. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators (2012 finalist) (22 votes [24.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.72%

  5. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (Stanley Cup finalist) (13 votes [14.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.61%

  6. OTHER? (please keep this realistic; someone like Alex Edler would be more realistic than Aaron Rome) (8 votes [8.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.99%

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#1 Phil_314

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:40 AM

Just a discussion for fun, to add some variety to the numerous trade proposals and news stories on this forum.

With the retirement of Nick "Norris" Lidstrom, a.k.a. "Mr. Perfect", he takes with him numerous accolades earned throughout his distinguished career (four Stanley Cups, twelve All-Star Game nominations, one Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP and member of the Triple Gold Club (winner of the World Championship and Olympic Gold along with Lord Stanley's mug). More notably, his retirement ends an era in which he dominated the League as the National Hockey League's top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position", winning the James Norris Trophy SEVEN times during his career and six during the last decade (from 2000-03, 05-07 and in 2010), a feat only topped by Bobby Orr, whose career ended in the late 1970's.

With that said, the story must go on, the torch must be passed. What I'm interested in finding out is, who do you believe can become a perennial front-runner for the title of top defender, now that #5 has ridden off into the sunset, and what about him makes him the front-runner?

Will it be big bruisers, like the hulking Big Z, from Boston, Zdeno Chara? Or will it be '09 winner and Blackhawk and Team Canada linchpin Duncan Keith, with similar shutdown ability? What about Canuck fan favorite (and possible new Canuck? Just teasing :P) Shea Weber? Will slick offensive dynamo and Nick's countryman Erik Karlsson, who has his first nomination, pick up the torch and run with it? Or will L.A. King Drew Doughty, who is experiencing his first Stanley Cup final, become one of the premier challengers for the glorious title of the NHL's top defender?

Who would your choice be and why?

EDIT: one pick please

Edited by MessiNacity10, 02 June 2012 - 12:52 AM.

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#2 Niloc009

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:47 AM

Rough, tough, and scoring machine Shea Weber will take home quite a few Norris trophies.
Smooth skating Alex Pietrangelo will also grab at least one. Underrated and still very young.
I can see Ryan Suter grabbing a few in Detroit as well. All the exposure will do wonders for his career (yes, I'm assuming the Wings sign Suter)

Erik Karlsson, Duncan Kieth, and Drew Doughty will all be in the mix yearly as well I think.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:55 AM

I don't think any one defenceman will dominate this league the way Lidstrom did, especially considering the fact that there are a lot of young, up-and-coming great defencemen (Peitrangelo, Edler, Karlsson etc.) and a lot of guys just passing their prime (Chara, Weber).
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:17 AM

I can see a few of those guys winning 2, maybe even 3 Norris trophies, but I don't think there is going to be anyone who will be winning it consistently like Lidstrom did.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:05 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:30 AM

Keith will never again win the Norris.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:32 AM

Kind of hard to argue with Karlsson's DOMINANT season, and his young age.

Chara is 35 - he'll still be effective in his late 30's, but I doubt he'll be winning many Norris trophies...Nick was special.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:12 AM

No one is on Lidstroms level. I see a different Norris winner almost every year; whom ever excels that season. This year it has to go to Karlsson

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:15 AM

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:59 AM

Oliver Ekman-Awesome.


Yup.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:57 AM

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:24 AM

They should just rename the Trophy the Lidstrom trophy. I seriously doubt that anyone in the foreseeable future will dominate this Trophy like he has.

I'm sorry you can't put Keith on this list anymore, he'll always be in the discussion but IMO Oduya has a better chance of getting it from the Hawks then Keith, You could potentially throw Edler depending on his development and play,

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

This current era of defencemens is quite terrible. It's not very good at all. Sure there will always be a Norris candidate, but this is nothing compared to just in the past. Even the last couple years, in terms of overall Norris calibre defencemens, it's quite garbage. I'm not saying Weber or Chara are garbage players, but I don't even think these guys hall of fame bound. Maybe, maybe not. It all went downhill when the Neidermeyer who is hall of fame calibre retired. Pronger's career might be done, and Lidstrom just retired. The up and coming pool if you ask me is quite bad. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of star defencemens, but there no 1 or 2 or 3 that will really dominate it, like Lidstrom, Neidermeyer and Pronger did when they were here.

Players Nikolaj Ehlers have been compared too by the fan base of the Vancouver Canucks.

 

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2 Markus Naslund

3 Nathan Mackkinon

4 Jonathan Drouin.

5 Jonathan Tavares

 

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:30 PM

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:56 PM

I don't think any one defenceman will dominate this league the way Lidstrom did, especially considering the fact that there are a lot of young, up-and-coming great defencemen (Peitrangelo, Edler, Karlsson etc.) and a lot of guys just passing their prime (Chara, Weber).


Weber is only 26. If anything he's closer to the beginning of his prime.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:26 AM

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:28 AM

Weber. Even though it feels like he's old by now, he's not. He could dominate the league for a while. Of course, not the way Lidstrom did, but he could be a consistent finalist.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:54 AM

Any love for Bogosian?!?

Realize he still needs to develop, but if he increases his offensive production, he could get a nomination.

Most solid all-around defenseman for the Jets.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:36 PM

Tough to say, there are a lot of young guys that have great potential to do so.

Seabrook, Edler, Weber, Doughty, Karlsson, Letang, etc. They all have potential to grab a few Norris trophies but none will come as close to being as good as Lidstrom was. I am happy for all his accomplishments and wish him the best in his future. It is a sad day to see him leave and he will be greatly missed...

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

Doughty. If he transfers his play from this playoffs into the regular season, I see him taking the Norris multiple times.
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 06:48 PM

Alex pietrangelo.

I agree. No-one will "dominate" the category like Orr or Lidstrom, but I see AP being at, or near the top for years to come.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 02:35 AM

Erik Karlsson won't win it this year! People keep talking about how he scored 70-something points, but they never give the award to an offensive D-man, just ask Mike Green, he scored more than 80 points and didn't win it.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

Keith will never again win the Norris.


why not? I thought he's been as dominant as ever.

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Do you see him having the potential to become more well-rounded, or will he always be the one-way scoring dynamo from the back end?

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:51 PM

Doughty is the strongest candidate. Karlsson best offensive D, Weber defensive (and some bonus points for physical domination) and Doughty best overall ability to control the game at either end.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:48 PM

Pietrangelo, Bogosian, Eckman-Larsson, Karlsson... TANEV!

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