Doughty, Karlsson and Subban up for Norris Trophy
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty (left) reacts to a goal scored by Jarret Stoll (28) against the Anaheim Ducks in overtime at the Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
The finalists for the Norris Trophy have been announced, and two of three are from Canadian teams.
Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are up against Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings for the annual award handed out to the NHL’s best defenceman.
Karlsson, the 2011-12 Norris winner, paced all blueliners in points with 21 goals and 66 points in 82 games. His 30 power-play points also led defencemen. The 24-year-old Swede ranked third in time on ice per game (27:15).
Subban set career highs in a number of categories this season, including goals (15), assists (45) and points (60). The 25-year-old from Toronto anchored a Montreal blueline that allowed the fewer goals against in the NHL. He won the award in 2012-13.
Doughty, who finished third in Norris voting in 2009-10, put up seven goals and 46 points in 82 games. He was second league-wide in average ice time with 28:59.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association vote for Norris finalists. The winner will be unveiled on June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
WEBER UNDERGOES SURGERY
Shea Weber, star defenceman for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from surgery to repair a subluxed kneecap and is expected to be healthy in 4-6 weeks, the team said Monday.
Weber was injured in Game 2 of Nashville’s 4-2 series loss against the Chicago Blackhawks and did not play the rest of the series.
Weber had 15 goals and 30 assists this season while posting a plus-15 rating.