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Shea Weber a Norris Trophy finalist for 2nd consecutive year

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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