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Norris Trophy winner to be announced before Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final

Carlson, Hedman, Josi up for award given to best defenseman in NHL

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

2019-20 Norris Trophy Finalists

Norris Trophy Finalists announced

John Carlson, Victor Hedman and Roman Josi have been named finalists for the Norris Trophy

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Winners of the 2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas will be announced beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

Here is a look at the three finalists for the Norris Trophy:

John Carlson, Victor Hedman and Roman Josi are the finalists for the Norris Trophy.

The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is given annually to the best defenseman in the NHL. Voting was done before the start of the 2020 NHL postseason and the finalists were announced July 20.

Carlson led defensemen in assists (60) and points (75), each an NHL career high, and tied his high with 15 goals in 69 games for the Washington Capitals before the season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. He averaged 1.09 points per game to become the first NHL defenseman since Ray Bourque (1.26), Sergei Zubov (1.14) and Al MacInnis (1.09) in 1993-94 to average more than one point per game for a season. Carlson averaged 24:38 of ice time per game, was first among defensemen in game-winning goals with six and second in power-play points with 26, and had 108 blocked shots and a plus-12 rating.

Carlson helped the Capitals to the third-best record in the Eastern Conference (41-20-8, .652 points percentage) and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons. He had six assists in five postseason games before the Capitals lost the Eastern Conference First Round in five games to the New York Islanders.

Carlson would be the second Capitals player to win the Norris Trophy and first since Rod Langway, who won it in back-to-back seasons (1982-83, 1983-84).

"It's an honor for me personally, but it's also a cool thing everyone within your team and organization that rallied behind you," Carlson said.

Video: John Carlson staking claim for Norris Trophy Tracker

Hedman finished third among defensemen behind Carlson and Josi with 55 points (11 goals, 44 assists) in 66 games for the Lightning. He was plus-27 (fourth among defensemen) and had 98 blocked shots and 47 takeaways. He averaged 24:04 of ice time per game.

A Norris finalist for the third straight season, Hedman won the award in 2017-18 and finished third last season. Tampa Bay finished 43-21-6, clinched a playoff berth for the sixth time in seven seasons and trail the Dallas Stars 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. Hedman 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 20 games entering Game 2 of the best-of-7 series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"It's always a big honor to get nominated for an individual prize and definitely nothing you take for granted," Hedman said. "So I think all of us can agree on you go into every season not looking for these kind of acknowledgements, but you go out there and try to do what's best for your team and you try to play at your highest limit for 82 games and to get the recognition at the end of the year always is a big privilege. So it's always a big honor get nominated and for sure it's nothing you take for granted, so I'm super happy."

Josi set NHL career highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65) for the Nashville Predators, ranking second among defensemen in each category. He was third in the League in average ice time per game (25:47) and had 23 power-play points, 108 blocked shots and a plus-22 rating in 69 games. A first-time Norris finalist, Josi would be the first Predators player to win the award.

"It's definitely special," Josi said. "I'm definitely honored to be nominated. I think if you look at the all the guys who won it or have been nominated, it's a lot of guys you look up to. Even those two guys, John and Victor, you love watching those guys play. It's definitely a huge honor to be nominated with those guys."

Josi had four assists for the Predators in a four-game loss to the Arizona Coyotes in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Nashville was 35-26-8 (.565) in the regular season.

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy last season.

The 2020 NHL Awards were scheduled for June 18 in Las Vegas but were postponed March 25.

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