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2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Norris Trophy

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Who is most deserving of the Norris Trophy for Best Defenseman?

2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Norris Trophy

It's never too early to start handing out awards! With every team at or right around the 41-game mark, lets take a look at the frontrunners to win the Norris Trophy for Best Defenseman:

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Shea Weber has one of the sickest shots from the point that I have seen in a long time. He is also quite the good defenseman. He sits fifth in the league among defensemen with 29 points and is tied for third in plus/minus rating. At just under 26.5 minutes played per game, there are only three d-men in the league who average more ice time. With Pekka Rinne in net behind him, Weber has the freedom to join the rush or simply skate the puck up himself and make plays for his teammates. His powerful shot makes him one of the more dangerous weapons on the power play and open ice in the game.

Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Halfway through the season, Shattenkirk has already approached his career highs in goals, assists, and points. As long as he stays healthy, he will destroy those personal records in the second half of the season. He leads all defensemen in points with 37, and also tops blue-liners in assists and plus/minus rating. Shattenkirk has been the Blues’ most consistent defenseman this season and is helping keep the St. Louis firmly in playoff position.

John Carlson, Washington Capitals

The 25-year old defenseman is having a breakout year for the revamped Capitals. He too is on the verge of setting career highs in points and assists. Carlson has excelled while adapting to new teammates on the blue line and a new head coach Barry Trotz. He is in the top five among defenseman in both points and plus/minus while playing more than 23 minutes per game.

Notables: Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames; Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

My Vote: Shea Weber

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