Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/21/14
When I posted on (most of) the NHL Award recipients, there were a few awards that I noted would need further discussion.  One is the Norris Trophy that was won by PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.  Subban was the highest scoring defenceman in the season with 38 points.  He put up a solid +12 +/- rating which led the Montreal defence.  Statistically he is a strong choice for the Norris Trophy.  The problem is he wasn't playing against a particularly tough opposition.  In fact he was sheltered from the big minutes that a typical Norris Trophy winner.  His slightly over 23 minutes per game was 35th among defencemen in the NHL.  This was because he is not as trustworthy in all circumstances.  Of the top Norris Trophy candidates, Subban is the least reliable defensively. The other two Norris nominees Kris Letang and Ryan Suter were more reliable in more situations.  Letang scored as many points as Subban and he did it in only 35 games played.  He also did it while playing more t...
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