Shea Weber a Norris Trophy finalist for 2nd consecutive year

April 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) battle for the puck in the first period of game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Following in the footsteps of his goalie, Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is heading back to Las Vegas as a finalist for the 2012 Norris Trophy, which goes to the blueliner who "demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position", as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Like Pekka Rinne, this is Weber's second year in a row as a contender for a major NHL award. In 2011, Weber lost out to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom.

I laid out my case for Weber back in early March, and the same arguments still apply. Honestly, I could see this award going to any one of these finalists, even if I'd give Weber the edge in "all-around ability".


Shea Weber

#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-4

232

Aug 14, 1985

Why He'll Win: Does it all - defends, scores & plays physically.

Why He Won't: Only 6th in NHL D scoring, which is where many voters look first.



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Shea Weber 78 19 30 49 +21 46 10 2 1 230 8.3

The other finalists are...


Zdeno Chara

#33 / Defenseman / Boston Bruins

6-9

255

Mar 18, 1977

Why He'll Win: Suffocating defender, has won before (2009)

Why He Won't: Will writers in the East split between he & Karlsson?



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Zdeno Chara 79 12 40 52 +33 86 8 0 0 224 5.4


Erik Karlsson

#65 / Defenseman / Ottawa Senators

6-0

175

May 31, 1990

Why He'll Win: Eye-popping assists

Why He Won't: Just 0:33 of PK ice time per game, not a stopper



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Erik Karlsson 81 19 59 78 +16 42 3 0 5 261 7.3
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