MONTREAL – P.K. Subban was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy on Monday, which is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates the greatest all-round ability in the position during the regular season.
The 25-year-old will vie for the honour alongside Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.
Subban, who previously claimed the award in 2013, enjoyed another remarkable campaign on the Canadiens’ back end. In his fifth full NHL season, the Toronto native finished in the Top 10 in multiple offensive categories among defensemen, registering career-highs with 15 goals, 45 assists, 60 points and a plus-21 differential in 82 games played. He also ranked second in the League among defensemen with eight power play goals, while logging a team-leading 26:12 of ice time per game. He was also the Canadiens’ most-utilized player with the man advantage.
Should Subban prevail, it would be the 13th time a member of the Canadiens has captured the trophy. Doug Harvey won the award six times while donning the CH. Larry Robinson is the only other Habs rearguard to have won the Norris Trophy on more than one occasion, claiming it in 1977 and 1980.
Two years ago, Subban became the first Habs player to be named the League’s top defenseman since Chris Chelios in 1989.
The NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.