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Pietrangelo named early favorite for Norris Trophy

The trophy is awarded to the League's best defenseman at the NHL Awards in June

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo was named the leading candidate for the Norris Trophy by on Monday.

Here's what had to say about the Blues captain:

"Seven weeks into the season, Pietrangelo remains first among defensemen with seven goals, and his 19 points are tied for first with John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars. He's also helped the Blues rank fifth in the League in goals-against per game (2.62) and to the best record in the Western Conference (15-5-1).

For those reasons and more, Pietrangelo is the favorite to win the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the League after the first quarter of the season, according to a panel of 18 staff members."

Pietrangelo received 73 points in the vote, including nine first-place votes, and was the only player to appear on all 18 ballots. Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators ranked second with six first-place votes (61 points), followed by Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning with two first-place votes (50 points).

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