Should Shea Weber be receiving Norris Trophy consideration?

NASHVILLE TN - FEBRUARY 19: Lauri Korpikoski #28 of the Phoenix Coyotes is checked by Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators on February 19 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Much of the buzz surrounding the Nashville Predators this year has been regarding Pekka Rinne and his Vezina Trophy caliber season, and justifiably so - Rinne has been consistently outstanding and one of the NHL's best performers this year. 

Of course, as Predators fans well know, there are a couple of other players on the roster who are having exemplary seasons - namely, captain Shea Weber and alternate captain Ryan Suter.

Weber's star has been on the rise for some time, and to a lesser extent, so has Suter's. In many ways, Ryan Suter is more important to the Predators than Weber, but due to missing a chunk of games to injury, he won't receive much consideration for one of hockey's greatest individual honors: the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's best defenseman and awarded based on regular season play.

Shea Weber, on the other hand, is ratcheting up his play as the stakes get higher, and slowly creeping up the NHL leaderboard (right click on the image and open in a new tab to make it larger): 

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Weber's resume, in short, is this: he is playing against some of the toughest competition in the NHL, is third in the league in goals by a defenseman, 3rd in shots, 3rd in hits, 9th in time on ice per game, leads all defensemen with 9 goals since December 31st, and is 2nd in points since that date to only Keith Yandle. Despite all this, there are relatively few major outlets touting Weber to receive a nomination for the award. 

With Alexander Sulzer traded and Kevin Klein injured, Nashville is relying on Weber more than ever. Do you think this is the year Nashville's captain should finally be nominated for the Norris Trophy? 

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