Found October 25, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
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I am looking at the early season leaders for the various NHL awards.  Today, i have my first leader for the Norris Trophy.  It is Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He is tied for the scoring lead among defencemen with nine points.  His +7 +/- rating is the best in the league among defencemen and tied for the league lead overall. Phaneuf is a surprise Norris leader after his last couple of poor seasons, but before that he looked like he might be a regular contender for this award.  In 2008, Phaneuf was runner up to this award and made the first team all star.  He looked like it was only a matter of time before he would win a Norris, but he had some growing pains upon joining the Toronto Maple Leafs.  So far this season, he seems to be back on his game. Continue reading "Early Top Defencemen"
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