Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/8/13
The 2013 field of Norris Trophy finalists features three players who have never won the award before: P.K. Subban, the young Montreal Defenseman, Kris Letang, the well-rounded Pittsburgh d-man, and Ryan Suter, the high-profile free-agent signing.  Some of the league favorites were left off of the ballot, like Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (Achillies injury), Nashville’s Shea Weber, Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty, just to name a few.  However, each of 2013’s nominees is well-deserving of the award, which will make for a tight race. The Case for P.K. Subban Photo Credit: CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters Subban came into the shortened 2013 season in a contract dispute with his team.  He wanted a long-term deal and held out during the beginning of the season, only to get a two-year deal after leading Montreal in ice time in 2012.  But, through the short season (even shorter for the holding-out Subban) P.K. put up 11 goals and 27 assists in just 42 games, leading all defensemen in points.  Subban had 26 points scored on the power play, which was a league high.  For a team with offensive troubles sometimes, having Subban on the blue line certainly helped carry Montreal to the two-seed in the East (but a first-round exit in the playoffs).   Subban scored the second-most points on the Canadiens and also ranked second in ice time.  Subban really took a step forward for the Canadiens in 2013, showing his potential and his progress towards becoming a lockdown two-way defender who can matchup against even the toughest of lines.  The better news is that Subban is only 24-years-old and still growing. The Case for Kris Letang Photo Credit: JASON COHN/Reuters Kris Letang has always been a star in Pittsburgh.  But, being a star in Pittsburgh means getting overshadowed by superstars in Pittsburgh, by the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, etc… Letang battled a broken foot and a concussion in the shortened season that led him to miss 13 games.  But, having only played in a portion of the season, Letang still managed to pot five goals and an incredible 33 assists, which led all defenseman.  Had Letang been healthy, he most likely would have led all defensemen in scoring, too.  Letang also boasted a +16 rating.  Interestingly, he was the only defenseman to score an average of a point per game, and helped the Penguins to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Letang has always helped the Penguins on the power play, but 25 of his 38 points came during even strength play, showing diversity in his ability to play and score. The Case for Ryan Suter Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mike Munden Suter departed the Nashville Predators last season via free agency and signed a massive 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild over the offseason.  He left his defensive partner, the usual Norris nominee, Shea Weber, and instead earned the nomination himself after putting together an incredible season.  Although he struggled adapting to the Minnesota system early in the year, Suter managed to finish the season ranked second in assists (28) and third in overall points (32).  Suter led all NHL players in ice time, playing a ridiculous 27:16 per game, practically half of every game.  In six of the Wild’s final 11 games, Suter topped 30 minutes of ice time, helping the Wild to the eighth seed in the Western Conference.  On the final day of the season, in which the Wild needed to win to get in, Suter played 32:54 of ice time, and the Wild earned their first playoff berth since 2008.  He also played alongside 19-year-old rookie Jonas Brodin and managed to support his play through the season, too. The Winner Is… Ryan Suter. The guy was an absolute freak during the second half of the regular season, and his ability to carry a team was unparalleled compared to Subban and Letang.  Suter worked with a rookie-defenseman, while Letang and Subban played with established veterans, and Suter dominated the blue line every time he stepped onto the ice, even if it was for more than half of a game, sometimes.  He even bore the weight of a free-agent contract, and lived up to its lengthy standards. -Weingold
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