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Norris Trophy Finalists

As announced on NHL Live…

Drew Doughty

Mike Green

Duncan Keith

added 12:16pm,

NEW YORK (April 23, 2010)—Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2009-10 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the James Norris Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

  Following are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

  Doughty, who won’t turn 21 until Dec. 8, is vying to become the second-youngest Norris Trophy winner—Bobby Orr won his first of a record eight at 20 years, 3 months of age. With 59 points, Doughty ranked third in the NHL in scoring among defensemen, behind fellow finalists Mike Green and Duncan Keith. Doughty’s 16 goals—including five game-winners, tops among NHL defensemen—tied him with Nashville’s Shea Weber for second most among League blueliners behind Green’s 19. He logged 24:58 of ice time per game, which led the Kings and ranked 13th among all NHL players, and posted a plus-20 rating.

Mike Green, Washington Capitals

  Runner-up to Zdeno Chara for the 2009 Norris Trophy, Green followed up his 31-goal 2008-09 season by leading NHL defensemen in both goals (19) and points (76) for the second straight year. He led the League’s blueliners in assists (57) and power-play goals (10), quarterbacking the NHL’s most lethal man-up unit—Washington’s 79 power-play goals were nine more than any other team and its 25.2-percent success rate easily outpaced the competition. Green also ranked among the League’s top 10 defensemen in plus/minus (second, plus-39), game-winning goals (second, four) and average ice time (ninth, 25:28).

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

  Keith played all 82 games this season for the third time in his five-year NHL career. In doing so, he logged a total of 2,180:24 of ice time, the most among all NHL players. Having steadily increased his production each year, he took his offense to another level this season, registering career highs in goals (14), assists (55) and points (69). Keith ranked second to Washington’s Mike Green among NHL defensemen in assists and points. He posted a plus-21 rating and is plus-84 over the last three seasons.

History

  The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings

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redxblack's avatar

Just announced: Norris trophy winner Drew Doughty and two other guys people talk about to fill in for artificial suspense.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/23/10 at 02:09 PM ET

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Keith. 

And jeez, Doughty must be one of the youngest nominees ever.  With his youth, and the superior play of rookie Tyler Myers (Hedman played well too for a rook), are we seeing the end of the days where rookie D-men take years to mature?  Have training, coaching, and everything else improved that young defensemen can consistently play well at perhaps the toughest position for a rookie to excel?

Posted by mike from austin on 04/23/10 at 02:14 PM ET

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That Mike Green continually is a finalist for this award cheapens it.  He is one of the worst actual defenders in the game.

Posted by Primis on 04/23/10 at 02:15 PM ET

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He’s a good foil to the Geico caveman, and that’s what really counts in the New NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/23/10 at 02:21 PM ET

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I’m wondering why so many people have Doughty in front of Keith.  I’ve seen them both play about an equal number of games and their game-changing skills are just about the same, but Keith plays two minutes more per game, almost a full minute more of PK time per game and about 1:30 LESS PP time per game and he still ended up with ten more points than Doughty.

I don’t want to look at it only statistically, but I don’t think I’ve seen enough of either of those two play to understand why Doughty should win it over Keith.

I do understand that Chicago had a +59 goal differential to LA’s +20 though, so that makes the fact that Keith’s plus/minus is only one bettter than Doughty’s tend to favor the LA kid, but I don’t think that makes the race as wide open as some seem to say.

Either way, I definitely agree that Green should be the third place finisher.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/23/10 at 02:24 PM ET

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He’s a good foil to the Geico caveman, and that’s what really counts in the New NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/23/10 at 12:21 PM ET

That and “intent to blow the whistle.” Intent counts for a lot in the New NHL.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/23/10 at 02:25 PM ET

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In other sports, if the officials “intend to blow,” they would be replaced.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/23/10 at 02:27 PM ET

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I’m wondering why so many people have Doughty in front of Keith.

Flashier. Stands out more in comparison to his teammates. Doesn’t make him better, just more noticeable.

Posted by steve on 04/23/10 at 02:52 PM ET

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That Mike Green continually is a finalist for this award cheapens it.

Moreso than Paul Coffey winning it?  THREE times?

Flashier. Stands out more in comparison to his teammates. Doesn’t make him better, just more noticeable.

Also: younger.  Which makes him more noticeable as well.

Posted by Garth on 04/23/10 at 03:04 PM ET

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Damn, Pronger def got ripped off!!!!!

Posted by Pete on 04/23/10 at 03:07 PM ET

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I’m wondering why so many people have Doughty in front of Keith.

Flashier. Stands out more in comparison to his teammates. Doesn’t make him better, just more noticeable.

Posted by steve on 04/23/10 at 12:52 PM ET

I’m guessing that huge drop off he had after the break had a little something to do with it.

Posted by YYZerman from Detroit, Michigan on 04/23/10 at 03:09 PM ET

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Flashier. Stands out more in comparison to his teammates. Doesn’t make him better, just more noticeable.

Also: younger.  Which makes him more noticeable as well.

Posted by Garth on 04/23/10 at 01:04 PM ET

I’m guessing that huge drop off he had after the break had a little something to do with it.

Posted by YYZerman on 04/23/10 at 01:09 PM ET

All good points, but I don’t think that any of those things means that Doughty is a better defenseman than Keith.  Have to understand the voter bias though, I guess.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/23/10 at 03:13 PM ET

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Mike Green is such a good defenceman that he got left off the Olympic team…

Posted by FlyersFan on 04/23/10 at 04:18 PM ET

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Also: younger.  Which makes him more noticeable as well.

One more thing is that he’s got Rob Scuderi as a defensive partner. Scuderi ably covers up for any chances Doughty takes, whilst somehow remaining uncredited and invisible. He did that kind of thing in Pittsburgh for years.

Posted by steve on 04/23/10 at 04:32 PM ET

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As a Wing fan, after two playoff series and one memorable skate save I’ll give Scuderi full credit.

Posted by mc keeper on 04/23/10 at 04:37 PM ET

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Championship teams need a guy like Scuderi. Green? Not so much.

Posted by Osrt on 04/23/10 at 05:08 PM ET

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“I’m wondering why so many people have Doughty in front of Keith.  I’ve seen them both play about an equal number of games and their game-changing skills are just about the same, but Keith plays two minutes more per game, almost a full minute more of PK time per game and about 1:30 LESS PP time per game and he still ended up with ten more points than Doughty. “

Doughty is a monster for his age.  He has been very much consistent, and you can also argue that the quality of players on LA has not developed to the point of Chicago’s yet leaving more chance for points for keith.
Keith had a terrific first half, but dropped significantly in the second.  I have not seen a Dman like Doughty at that age for as long as i can remember

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/23/10 at 05:21 PM ET

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Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/23/10 at 03:21 PM ET

I can accept the part about how Keith has a better supporting cast (except in goal, since Huet’s numbers significantly bring down the team average).  I still don’t think that’s enough for me to consider him a better contender than Keith.

I think it’s amazing how good Doughty is with how young he is, but that shouldn’t even enter into the equation for Norris voting.  He may be light years ahead of his contemporaries, but that doesn’t make him the best.  It’s the same argument that Tyler Myers had a better season than Jimmy Howard simply because Howard is older.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/23/10 at 06:16 PM ET

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Moreso than Paul Coffey winning it?  THREE times?

Posted by Garth on 04/23/10 at 01:04 PM ET

Last time I checked that was 20 years ago.  This isn’t—this is now.  Coffey winning was just a s stupid, and he was just as horrible of an actual d-man as Green is.

But your argument is retarded.  You argue that because a mistake was made 20 years ago that now we are forced to make it again.  20 years later we’r enot forced to, we can make better decisions.

Unless you’re the committee picking these finalist, in which case the sky’s the limit for stupidity.

You wouldn’t award Andreas Lilja an offensive award, you shouldn’t award Mike Green a defensive one.

Posted by Primis on 04/23/10 at 06:34 PM ET

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M. Doughty - Circles…

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 04/23/10 at 07:23 PM ET

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the supporting cast also helps his numbers.  If you have better scorers, then more of your assists are going in, you are involved in better plays, your plus/minus improves. 

At the end of the day, all I am saying is that Doughty has been extremely consistent at both ends of the rink for the whole season, while Keith has been insane for one half, and slightly above average for the 2nd half.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/24/10 at 01:10 AM ET

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