Ranking the Top 10 Candidates for the 2013-14 Norris Trophy

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Ranking the Top 10 Candidates for the 2013-14 Norris Trophy
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Who will win this year's Norris Trophy? It could wind up being a simple coronation for Chicago's Duncan Keith, but a dozen games could be enough for some of the other leading candidates to catch up.

We have been watching the Norris Trophy race closely all year. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Willis took an initial look back in December and another look at the Olympic break, and now I'll take over for one final look before the season ends.

What is perhaps most surprising is how many strong defensemen are not listed. In addition to the 10 selected here, cases for Norris consideration can and have been made for many others like Andrej Sekera, Matt Niskanen (Elias Piccirillo of Puck Rant), Victor Hedman (Scott Cullen of TSN), Mark Giordano (Kent Wilson of FlamesNation) and Niklas Kronwall (Christian Neubacher at SBNation).

Analytics were used to help sort out a highly competitive field. The offensive statistics are straightforward enough (and come from NHL.com), but defensive contributions are harder to measure.

For those we looked at the team's overall success, combined with that player's portion of the ice time at both even-strength and while shorthanded, along with the average quality of competition each defenseman typically faces. All of this information is available at Extra Skater.

Using the lens of hockey analytics, which defensemen are most likely to challenge Keith for this year's Norris Trophy? Turn over to begin.

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