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That young phenom (and your Norris Trophy winner) is Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.
When Karlsson finished the season, he had done something that no NHL defenseman had done since the 2005-06 season: collected 78 points in a season.
Erik Karlsson was the backbone for the Ottawa Senators franchise this season and led all defenseman in scoring with 78 points, 25 more than the next defenseman in the NHL and good for 11th in overall NHL scoring in the regular season.
Karlsson's 19 goals were the same as Weber's, but he had 59 assists, good for 29 more than the Nashville captain.
Karlsson really matured this season, not only in terms of where his offensive game has gone, but where his defensive game is right now.
After posting 45 points and a minus-30 rating last year, Karlsson posted his 78 points and a plus-16 under a greatly improved Ottawa Senators franchise.
The Senators were picked by many (myself included) to miss the playoffs and be in the running for another high lottery pick.
But they kicked their season into another gear, reaching sixth place before eventually settling for eighth place and a seven-game first-round playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
Karlsson is a restricted free agent this season, and after having a cap hit of just $1.3 million over his entry-level contract (via CapGeek.com), one can expect Karlsson to get a huge raise.
At the season's end, Senators team owner Eugene Melnyk asked Karlsson to "be reasonable" (via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun), but how "reasonable" does Karlsson have to be if he wins the Norris Trophy?
Seventy-eight points, a Norris Trophy, the future captain of the franchise when Daniel Alfredsson retires...
The $6.5-7.5 million range sounds about right. But the young Swedish defenseman is just 22 years old, so it would be worth signing him long term to get a lower cap hit instead of worrying about his status as a possible UFA in a year or two.