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".
#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
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.
|2011 - Shea Weber||78||19||30||49||+21||46||10||2||1||230||8.3|
The other finalists are...
#33 / Defenseman / Boston Bruins
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?
|2011 - Zdeno Chara||79||12||40||52||+33||86||8||0||0||224||5.4|
#65 / Defenseman / Ottawa Senators
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
|2011 - Erik Karlsson||81||19||59||78||+16||42||3||0||5||261||7.3|