This year's James Norris Memorial Trophy winner is Nicklas Lidstrom. The proficient Swede had another outstanding season, which by now should not surprise anyone.
He led all defensemen in points, assists, and plus/minus this season, amassing 70 points, 60 assists and a +40 rating. It was the first time in Nick’s 16-year pro career that he led the league in major offensive statistics.
This not the only time Nick has won the award. He is the Norris king, having won the title five times in the last six seasons. The thing with Lidstrom is that he has never been considered an offensive defenseman.
“He is just always there, at the right time, all the time,” said Detroit GM Ken Holland. “His game is so perfect; everything is calculated. Other teams don't pay much attention to him because his game is so quiet, yet so perfect. But the stats don't lie; he had an amazing year.”
Not only does he play 28 minutes a night, but he’s on the penalty killing and power play teams. He is on the ice for any situation. That is why Nicklas Lidstrom takes home the Norris trophy again, for the sixth time in seven years.
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