Ottawa's Erik Karlsson won his first Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old Swede beat out Boston's Zdeno Chara and Nashville's Shea Weber in a close vote, moderately surprising the crowd at the league's annual postseason awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas casino.
Karlsson led all defensemen with 78 points in his breakout season for the Senators, scoring 25 more points than anybody else at his position. He is the youngest winner of the award since the New York Islanders' Denis Potvin in 1976.
''It's a huge honor,'' said Karlsson, who appeared overwhelmed at his selection. ''I couldn't be more happy than I am right now. I've never been a part of something this big, and it's something that took me by surprise a little bit.''
Karlsson had a pretty incredible week in Vegas: He agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million with the Senators on Tuesday.
Karlsson also realized the symbolism of winning the Norris in the same offseas...