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Posted - 03/08/2017 :  10:07:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
I expect this to be lopsided based on the press received to one player in particular, but I have found it is starting to even out on the coverage. 4 Defenseman have emerged in the race and all 4 have Norris credentials. Who's your favorite for it and why in the comments.


Other - with why in the comments

Edited by - JOSHUACANADA on 03/08/2017 10:07:52

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Posted - 03/08/2017 :  10:15:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not surprising for me I am going to choose Karlsson, because I think he got robbed last year and I expect my choice to be against the grain here on this poll. My reasons for choosing him are simple.

Effect on special teams, leading the league on assist for a defenseman and 2nd for all players period. His point percentage for PP points is tops, even better than Burns, who arguably has more goals 5/5 goals and PP goals. Karlsson leads in PK TOI and has a better takeaway to giveaway ratio. If you look at Burns, his giveaways are almost 1 and a half times higher. He is right up there in blocked shots with the league leaders, which is new for his game, same with his PK TOI.

Basically he has been asked by his coach to round out his game more and he has delivered. Here is the kicker for me, Karlsson is a late season performer, always has been. His first half of the season, Burns had a huge lead in points, which was as high as 12 point lead in the same games played as Karlsson maybe a week ago, but now that gap has closed to 9 points with Karlsson playing 1 less game. Not only that but Karlsson is 1 starring many of his games recently almost like he is determined to erase last seasons theft of the lost Norris for what was an epic season not seen in 25 years.

Thats my arguement for and I expect people will argue against it.

Edited by - JOSHUACANADA on 03/08/2017 10:18:11
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  18:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Burns' all around game is pretty solid:

1st in points
1st in goals
2nd in assists
T6th in +/-
T1st in GWG
T2nd in OTG
11th in minutes
5th in take aways
1st in shots

But so is Karlsson's and right now he has Burns beat on assists, blocked shots, ice time, and take aways.

This is a really tough call. Burns is clearly having a top notch season and has a significant point lead. But you're right Karlsson did get robbed last year. And based on the standings he is arguably more important to his team. Still lots of hockey left in the season and a lot could change. A hot streak by Hedman to solidify the Lightning in a playoff spot could vault him up in the voting by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
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Posted - 03/17/2017 :  16:08:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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