MONTREAL – The NHL released its short-list of candidates for this year’s Norris Trophy and as many suspected, P.K. Subban was among the nominees.
Subban began his third season in Montreal bent on raising his defensive game to rank among the league’s elite. Not only did he finish out the campaign with the most goals of any NHL blue-liner with 11, but he also ended in a tie with Pittsburgh’s Kristopher Letang for the scoring lead among defensemen with 38 points. His point total, gathered over only 42 games this season, tied a career-high set back in 2010-11 which he set over the course of 77 games that year.
Adding to his production in the offensive zone, Subban also took his defensive game to the next level, posting a plus-12 differential to rank second among his teammates in that category.
Should he win Norris honors this year, Subban will become the 12th defenseman in Canadiens history to be awarded the coveted trophy, and the first since Chris Chelios in 1989.
The two other Norris Trophy finalists are Kristopher Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild.
The news of Subban’s nomination arrives only a day after teammate Brendan Gallagher’s selection as a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top rookie.
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