Former Milwaukee Admiral and captain of the Nashville Predators Shea Weber has been announced as a finalist for this season’s Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. Other finalists include Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.
For anyone who has had the opportunity to watch a few Predators games this season – you’ll know full well just how brilliant Weber has been this season. With no Pekka Rinne, an offense that was hit and miss, and a very youthful defensive core around him – the Preds captain has been consistently the top player on the team from start to finish.
Weber played in 79 games, scored 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists), had a plus/minus rating of -2, and 52 penalty minutes. The scoring output is a career best for him. It is a new career high in assists and the goal total matches his previous best from the 2008-09 season.
Do you think that Shea Weber will take home this year’s Norris? Will the fact that his team isn’t in the playoffs lessen his case?