by PuckStopsHere on 01/14/10 at 01:36 PM ET
In December I picked Mike Green of the Washington Capitals as the top defenceman in the season so far. At that point, the race for Norris Trophy was most likely between Green, Duncan Keith of Chicago and Drew Doughty of Los Angeles. Since that time, Doughty has fallen off the pace and Keith has come on strong. He is closing the gap in points and +/- with Green. Currently Keith has 42 points to Green’s 46 and has a +16 to Green’s +17. The main difference between them comes in the fact that Duncan Keith plays against the some of the toughest opposition that Chicago faces and Green plays against a more average level of competition. It is in the tougher competition he faces that Duncan Keith that he makes himself the Norris Trophy leader at this point.
Duncan Keith is clearly having the best season of his NHL career to date. In 46 games played he has 42 points. His previous best (established last season) was 44 points and that took 77 games and that was a strong enough season defensively to earn Keith a sixth place finish in the Norris Trophy voting. Keith has maintained his defensive strength and added an offensive component to his game that makes him the second best offensive defenceman in the world (behind Mike Green). Keith has established himself as the best defenceman in the league so far this season.
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