In today's USA Today, Kevin Allen examined the intrigue surrounding Erik Karlsson's Norris Trophy candidacy. To read the original article, you can follow the link by going here. For the purpose of this piece, it's been re-posted below. As always, my comments are in bold. Bottoms up.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been dazzling enough this season that any discussion of his impact seems to include a comparison to the two most accomplished defensemen in NHL history.
Karlsson, 21, has been compared to a young version of Swedish countryman Nicklas Lidstrom because of the way he sees plays unfolding. Also, he has a chance to be the youngest player to win the Norris Trophy since 20-year-old Bobby Orr won it in 1968.
Damn. I was hoping that the two most accomplished defensemen in NHL history were the recently immortalized Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton.
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