Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/7/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. Ryan Suter's first season with the Minnesota Wild has earned him the recognition as one of the league's top defensemen. Suter, 28, was named one of the three finalists Tuesday for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the league's best defenseman. Suter led the NHL this season by averaging 27 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time. He was second among all defensemen with 28 assists and was third with 32 points. Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Montreal's P.K. Subban are the other two finalists. Letang and Subban tied for the lead among defensemen with 38 points. Letang had a defensemen-high 33 assists. Subban had 11 goals, second-highest among defenseman. Suter was able to distance himself from the shadow of his defensive partner, Shea Weber, in Nashville when he signed a 13-year, 98 million deal with the Wild. Weber and Suter traditionally formed one of the league's top defensive duos. Weber got a lot of the credit, but Suter was able to show his game while in Minnesota and being paired with rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin. Suter's time on ice average set a new franchise record and he led the Wild in blocked shots too. He had 10 games this season of at least 30 minutes played. Minnesota was also 18-3-3 when Suter registered a point and 15-1-1 when he finished the game with a plus-rating. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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