Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 6/21/12


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 Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators was once again by the slimmest of margins not voted the winner of the Norris Trophy for Best ALL AROUND Defenseman. The award went to Erik Karlsson who had an outstanding year offensively to lead all other defensemen by 25 points. Many would argue that Karlsson does not play the “all around” game that this award is supposed to represent but Karlsson did lead all defenseman in takeaways and was ranked 2nd in GWG.

The problem here in the voting is consistency, and that is where Mike Green should feel the most snubbed by this year’s PHWA’s choice for the Norris.

The aftermath of the awards show in Nashville is the same bewilderment as last season. Certain awards it seemed that Nashville players or personnel should have been a shoe-in to win were snatched yet again by those deemed “less-deserving” by the Predator faithful.

It’s not necessarily about who is deserving but what criteria the voters are using to base their decision. Looking at this year’s winner, aside from his obvious lack of PK time, Karlsson was a defensive and offensive threat averaging similar ice time numbers to Chara and Weber on Even Strength. As was said before, Karlsson lead all defensemen in takeaways and his +16 is very respectable. When viewing the new-fangled Player Usage Chart, Karlsson is comparable to Weber and Chara in the Quality of Competition they faced and their job of keeping the shots totals going the other way.

In essence, Weber may have been the odds on favorite this year, but it was Karlsson who won out due to his overwhelmingly potent offensive skills and some savvy defensive work. Which brings us to the predicament of Mike Green.

Mike Green for the 2008-2010 seasons was a monster. His offensive numbers were through the roof, putting up similar numbers to Erik Karlsson this season.

2009-2010 – 19G, 57A, 76P, +39, 10PPG, 4GWG

2008-2009 - 31G, 42A, 73P, +24, 18PPG, 1SHG, 4GWG

Erik Karlsson: 2011-2012 – 19G, 59A, 78P, +16, 3PPG, 5 GWG

The Norris for the 2009-2010 season went to Duncan Keith who also had very respectable numbers but nothing compared to Green. True, Mike Green did enjoy more PP time, but defensively Duncan Keith only had 1 more takeaway than Keith. It should be of note that Green played 7 less games than Keith that season.

In 2008-2009, the Norris trophy went to Zdeno Chara. The big blueliner had all the trappings of the best “all-around” defenseman while Mike Green posted one of the most dominant goal-scoring efforts since the days of Bobby Orr. 31 goals by Green helped him to a defensemen-leading 73 points and a +24. Once again, Mike Green was higher up in the takeaway category at 7th among d-men (Chara ranked 46th).

All and all, it was a different perspective to the “all-around” criteria that saw Erik Karlsson win the Norris trophy this season, but with more consistency in voting in past seasons, Mike Green could and maybe should have collected a couple trophies by now.


Do you agree? Disagree? Should Visnovsky enter in the discussion for rewarding offensive defenseman (he wasn’t even nominated last year)?

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