Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2014-15 Norris Trophy

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Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2014-15 Norris Trophy
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At the dawn of the new millennium, the winner of the NHL's Norris Trophy for best defenseman was a virtually foregone conclusion. From 2001 to 2011, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings picked up the award on seven of 10 occasions, according to Hockey-Reference.com.

Since Lidstrom's retirement, the battle for the Norris has featured an intriguing mix of veterans and young guns. In 2013-14, 30-year-old Duncan Keith captured his second award, beating out 37-year-old Zdeno Chara and 28-year-old Shea Weber. The 2012-13 award went to 23-year-old P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, who edged out Ryan Suter and Kris Letang.

With a field that shifts from year to year, here's a look at the top 10 candidates for the 2014-15 Norris Trophy.

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