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Description: The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the league's best defenseman.
Nicklas Lidstrom: If you're looking for the fountain of youth, the first guy to interrogate for information would be Nicklas Lidstrom. At 41 years old, Lidstrom is better now than most defenders wish they could be in their prime.
This season, Lidstrom's offensive numbers have taken a bit of a dip, only posting 23 points in 43 games. Regardless, his defensive play makes up for it. He's a plus-19, and he has 16 takeaways while only surrendering the puck to the opposition 13 times.
While only posting 24 hits on the season, Lidstrom does have a nice 54 blocked shots.
If "The Perfect Human" were to win the Norris Trophy this season, it would tie him in all time Norris wins with the great Bobby Orr.
Shea Weber: I've said it before, but it doesn't hurt to repeat. Shea Weber is the best defender in the NHL under the age of 30.
Weber has an impressive 31 points in 39 games. His plus-12 rating is great considering the Predators ratings as a team. Defensively, he does have a few more giveaways (31) than takeaways (25) but his 76 hits and 59 blocked shots easily make up for it.
Erik Karlsson: This would be Erik Karlsson's first nomination for the Norris Trophy, and if he keeps up his current play, it probably won't be the last in his career.
Halfway through the season, Karlsson posts an unbelievable 43 points in 44 games. He leads defenders in takeaways, with 37, but it's still a number lower than his giveaway count, which sits at 44.
At this point in the season, Karlsson is a for-sure Norris nominee, but his hit total (33) and blocked shots (37) may hurt him as well.
Winner: Unless Lidstrom puts up an ungodly point total (Which may not be out of his realm of potential), it's unlikely he gets the Norris nod this season.
Karlsson has more points than Weber, but his plus minus in comparison to his points suggests a big difference defensively, and for defenders fighting for a defensive trophy, Weber's hit and block totals outweigh Karlsson's superiority offensively.
Therefore, the Norris winner is Shea Weber.