Victor Hedman is a Norris Trophy finalist for the second straight season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman, who finished third in 2017, is vying to become the first Lightning player to win the award given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. Hedman's competition is Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators.
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Hedman, 27, scored 17 goals, tied for first with Ivan Provorov of the Philadelphia Flyers and Dougie Hamilton of the Calgary Flames among NHL defensemen. The goals were a personal NHL best, as was his plus-32 rating. He also set NHL career highs in time on ice per game (25:51) and total time on ice (1,990:30), and his 63 points (17 goals, 46 assists) made him the first defenseman in Lightning history to top 60 points in multiple seasons. He had 72 points (16 goals, 56 assists) in 2016-17.
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Doughty, 28, had an NHL career-high 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists) in 82 games and led the League in total time on ice (2,200:31) and average ice time (26:50) while helping the Kings allow a League-low 202 goals. He scored his 100th NHL goal Jan. 30 and got his 300th assist and 400th point Feb. 7. His 102 goals, 320 assists and 422 points each rank second behind Rob Blake (161 goals, 333 assists, 494 points) all-time among Kings defensemen.
Doughty won the Norris in 2016, and this is the fourth time he's a finalist for the award.
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Subban, 28, helped the Predators lead the League in goals (56) and points (206) by defensemen. His 16 goals were an NHL career high, and his 59 points were one behind his personal best set with the Montreal Canadiens in 2014-15. Subban won the Norris with the Canadiens in 2013 and is a finalist for the third time. He would be the first Predators defenseman to win the trophy.
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