Norris Trophy Finalists 2023: Quinn Hughes, Roman Josi, Cale Makar Compete for Top Defenseman Award

Quinn Hughes, Roman Josi, and Cale Makar have been named finalists for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL defenseman demonstrating the greatest all-round ability, with each player having achieved significant milestones and records in their respective seasons.

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The NHL has named its finalists for the Norris Trophy. It’s a big deal, honoring the defensive player with the “greatest all-round ability in the position.” And the contenders? Quinn Hughes from the Vancouver Canucks, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, and Cale Makar from the Colorado Avalanche.

Hughes? He’s had a stellar year. A career-high 92 points (17 goals, 75 assists) across 82 games. Not just that, he led all NHL defensemen in power-play assists (33) and was second in power-play points (38). Oh, and he joined legends Paul Coffey and Bobby Orr as the third defenseman in NHL history to notch 200 assists over three seasons.

First time for everything, right? Hughes is the first in Canucks history to be up for the Norris. If he wins, he joins an elite club of American-born winners like Chris Chelios, Brian Leetch, and Adam Fox.

Josi’s no stranger to this. It’s his third time as a finalist. He racked up 85 points (23 goals, 62 assists) this season, the second-highest of his career. Leading all defensemen in goals (23), power-play goals (9), and shots on goal (268), he’s setting records.

At 33, Josi’s 23 goals are the most by a defenseman his age in NHL history. Winning would make him the oldest to snag the Norris.

Then there’s Makar. A force on the ice, he scored a career-best 90 points (21 goals, 69 assists) this season. He’s smashing team records for assists and points by a defenseman. Plus, he’s right up there in goals (21), assists (69), and points (90) among defensemen.

Makar, who took home the Norris in 2021-22, finds himself a finalist for the fourth time in just five NHL seasons. Only legends like Bobby Orr, Brad Park, and Denis Potvin have matched that feat in their first five years.

Quite the lineup, huh?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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