8 Future Norris Trophy Candidates Just Getting Their Starts in the NHL

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8 Future Norris Trophy Candidates Just Getting Their Starts in the NHL
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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has the potential to be an elite defenseman.

NHL teams place great value on defensive prospects who have the ability to develop into the game's dominant players.

Defensive players who can rise to the level of Norris Trophy candidates usually have stalwart defensive talent, impressive skating ability and the tools to develop into explosive offensive players.

Of course, it's a long way to go from defensive prospect to Norris Trophy contender, and the jump in competition keeps many players from reaching their potential.

Here's a look at eight defensive prospects who have the potential to rise to the highest levels of the game.

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