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Eric Karlsson wins Norris Trophy


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This award is for the best overall defenceman. That is, in every aspect of the game. It really isn't as close as the voting made it out to be (I think Weber lost by about 12 points).

Shot - Karlsson's was far better. Not as hard as Chara's or Weber's, but it was far more accurate and deadly.

Passing - Hands down Karlsson, no question.

Skating - Karlsson again easily.

1st pass out of the zone - Karlsson

Puck battles along the boards - Weber

Defence and boxing out in front of the net - Chara, then Weber, then Karlsson

Physicality - Chara, then Weber, then Karlsson

Defending off the rush - From what I watched Karlsson was amazing at this, especially skating backwards. Chara was victimized way too many times this season because of his slow speed (unlike last season) as was Weber a couple of times.

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It's insane. I expect a defenseman to play, oh I don't know, DEFENSE. He had a grand total of 45 minutes of short handed ice time this year.

That was 2% of his TOTAL time on ice.

He ranked 167 of all defenseman in short handed minutes.

(Notables who had even less SH minutes than Karlsson: Yandle, Corvo, Byfuglien, Niskanen, Liles)

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