The Norris Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s best defenceman, which was most recently won by Erik Karlsson for the third time.
Despite that, he’s not among the top favourites to win it in 2023/24. Take a look at the five players with the shortest odds to take home the award.
Although he’s not yet won a Norris Trophy, Quinn Hughes has been on pace multiple times. In fact, last season, he finished behind only Erik Karlsson in assists among defencemen with 69 on a struggling Vancouver Canucks team.
So far this year, he and forward Nikita Kucherov have propelled the Canucks into second place in the Pacific Division.
Hughes is tied for the league lead in assists with 15 and is tied for third in the league in points with 20, and the Canucks have the league's stingiest defense with 24 goals allowed in 12 games. Hughes's +16 plus/minus is the best in the league.
Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche took home the Norris as he helped lead his team to a Stanley Cup two seasons ago.
With 14 points so far this season and the Avalanche on top of the Central Division, Makar is making progress toward taking home his second Norris Trophy
Speaking of skaters that have recently won the Norris Trophy, Adam Fox of the New York Rangers won it the year prior to Makar. Since then, he’s been in the conversation year in and year out, as he’s been arguably the most consistent player for the Rangers.
Fox has been a key part of pushing the Rangers into first place in the Metropolitan Division with 19 points and allowing the third-fewest goals so far with 27.
Rasmus Dahlin has had a meteoric rise as he’s helping bring the Buffalo Sabres into relevance.
He finished with 73 points last season. He has 11 points in 13 games so far this season, but the Sabres have allowed as many goals as they have scored (41).
After doubling his 2021/22 assist total in 2022/23, Dallas Stars defenceman Miro Heiskanen's performances put him in the conversation as one of the league's best in the position. With the second-best defense in the Western Conference so far this season, that has continued in 2023/24.
Heiskanen spent more time on the ice per game than any of his non-goaltender teammates last season, and his 73 points were good for fourth-most on the team. He has seven points in 11 games so far this season, helping the Stars to second in the Central Division.
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