Norris Trophy: P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson among finalists
Habs, Sens defencemen joined by Kings' Doughty
The Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson and the Los Angeles Kings' Doughty were named finalists Monday for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman.
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The winner will be announced at the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 24.
Here's a look at the candidates:
Subban was central to the Canadiens' defensive prowess this season as the team allowed the fewest goals against (189), He played every game, hitting career highs in goals (15), assists (45), points (60), plus/minus (+21), game-winning goals (5) and shooting percentage (8.8%).
Subban was fifth in the NHL in ice time (2,148:40) and sixth in average ice time (26:12) — both career highs.
He is a finalist for the second time after winning the award in 2013.
Karlsson led all defencemen in points for the third time in the last four seasons, including a career-high 21 goals. He also played in all 82 games and ranked third in the NHL in total ice time (2,234:55) and average ice time (27:15) to carry the Senators to a 23-4-4 record on the way to an unlikely playoff spot.
He shared first among defencemen in power-play points (30), marked by a career-high six power-play goals. He is a finalist for the second time after winning in 2011-12.
Doughty and the Kings finished in the top 10 in goals against for a sixth consecutive season. Like the two other finalists, he played every game. He led the NHL in ice time (2,377:40) and finished second in average ice time (28:59).
With seven goals and 39 assists for 46 points, it was Doughty's second-best offensive season.
Doughty is a finalist for the second time after finishing third in voting in 2009-10.