Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been nominated for the Norris Trophy for the third time in four years. Bob McKenzie of TSN, Mark Spector of Sportsnet and Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press all had him as the lead on their ballots so we know he has at least three first place votes but Weber’s name sits atop other ballots as well.
Just not official ones.
Former Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz has made no secret that Weber’s name should be engraved onto the Norris.
“I get to see this guy night-in and night-out,” Trotz said with unwavering conviction. “He is the best defenseman in the National Hockey League.”
Despite point-producers like Erik Karlsson P.K. Subban and Duncan Keith winning in past years, the award’s definition states it should go to the league’s top “defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position”. Emphasis on the words “all-around.”
His defense partner, Roman Josi, gets...