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Victor Hedman Listed at +600 in Opening 2022 Norris Trophy Odds, Cale Makar Favored to Win

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

Jul 14, 2021 · 10:51 AM PDT

2022 Norris Trophy Odds - Cale Makar & Victor Hedman
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, June 8, 2021,in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche is the +500 favorite to win the 2021-22 Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman
  • Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2017-18 Norris winner, is at odds of +600
  • Last season’s winner Adam Fox of the New York Rangers is also at +600

Based on the opening betting line, oddsmakers are anticipating that the pursuit of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman will be a wide-open contest. The reason there isn’t a clear favorite is because the league is suddenly chock full of elite defenders. There is a constituency within the hockey world that is of the belief that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Maker should’ve won the 2021 Norris. Interestingly, he’s been established as the +500 favorite in the 2022 Norris Trophy odds.

Adam Fox of the New York Rangers won the Norris in 2021 in just his second NHL season. In the past four seasons, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won both the Norris and the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup MVP.

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2022 NHL Norris Trophy Odds

Defenseman (Team) Odds at DraftKings
Cale Makar (Avalanche) +500
Adam Fox (Rangers) +600
Victor Hedman (Lightning) +600
Dougie Hamilton (Hurricanes) +1200
Charlie McAvoy (Bruins) +1200
Jaccob Slavin (Hurricanes) +1500
Miro Heiskanen (Stars) +1500
Quinn Hughes (Canucks) +1500
Roman Josi (Predators) +1500
Aaron Ekblad (Panthers) +2000
Jared Spurgeon (Wild) +2000
John Carlson (Capitals) +2000
Morgan Rielly (Maple Leafs) +2000
Alex Pietrangelo (Golden Knights) +2000
Ryan Pulock (Islanders) +2000
Shea Theodore (Golden Knights) +2000
Devon Toews (Avalanche) +2500
Jeff Petry (Canadiens) +2500
Adam Pelech (Islanders) +3000
Brent Burns (Sharks) +3000
John Klingberg (Stars) +3000
Kris Letang (Penguins) +3000
Nate Schmidt (Canucks) +3000
Shea Weber (Canadiens) +3000
Torey Krug (Blues) +3000
Ryan Ellis (Predators) +3000

Odds as of July 14th

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Sharing the Wealth

Traditionally, the Norris club is an exclusive group. Doug Harvey won the Norris seven of the first nine years it was awarded. Then Pierre Pilote won three in a row. Bobby Orr won eight times in succession.

In more recent history, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven times over a 10-year span. Lately, though, the Norris is becoming an all-comers meet.

There’s been nine different winners of the trophy over the past nine seasons. Of that group, seven were first-time Norris winners.

Hedman Facing Surgery

As the Lightning won a second straight Stanley Cup, Hedman finished third in playoff scoring with 18 points. That led all defensemen during the postseason.

What’s even more impressive is that Hedman did so while playing on a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury during a March 30th game, playing the entire postseason on one healthy knee.

Hedman will undergo surgery during the offseason and is expecting a downtime of 2-4 weeks. It all goes well, and there are no setbacks, he should be good to go to start the regular season.

However, will Hedman, 30, be at 100 percent? Might the Lightning treat him with kid gloves to start the season similarly to what they did last season with Nikita Kucherov following his offseason hip surgery, aware that he’s most valuable to the team during a playoff run?

Was Makar Jobbed?

Makar won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2019-20, edging fellow defenseman Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Colorado rearguard finished three points behind Fox (47-44) in scoring among NHL defensemen. However, he played 12 fewer games due to injury. Makar scored three more goals than Fox (8-5). His analytics were also much better than what Fox showed.

Norris Trophy Sleepers Worth Considering

In his first season without Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug as teammates on the Boston Bruins’ blueline corps, Charlie McAvoy stepped to the fore. McAvoy posted 5-25-30 totals  in 51 games. He was plus-22 while averaging 24:00 of ice time per game.

The Florida Panthers took a significant step forward as a team last season, and Aaron Ekblad was a big part of that. Before suffering a season-ending broken left leg, the 2014-15 Calder Trophy winner was plus-five with 22 points in 35 games.

Quietly, Darnell Nurse enjoyed a spectacular season for the Edmonton Oilers. He was second among rearguards with 16 goals and fifth with a plus-27 rating. Nurse also played 25:38 a night. However, even as the favorite Makar offers great value at +500 in the Norris Trophy odds.

Pick: Cale Makar (Avalanche) +500

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