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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2022 NHL Norris Trophy?
  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is the current favorite to win this year’s award
  • Track and with a player’s odds as they get longer and shorter throughout the 2021-22 NHL season

The James Norris Memorial Trophy (known as the Norris Trophy) is given every year to the defenseman that exhibits the best all-around ability at his position.

We’ll be tracking odds on the top Norris Candidates available at sportsbooks all season long, providing you with comprehensive coverage on how futures odds fluctuate for different defensemen around the league.

2022 Norris Trophy Top Contenders

  • [Oct 22]: Some of the biggest jumps this week in the Norris odds were Jared Spurgeon from +2450 to +2000 and Aaron Ekblad from +1750 to +1550.
  • [Oct 4]: Makar’s odds have already started to improve before the season has even started. The Avalanche defenseman’s average odds have dropped to +350, making him an even bigger favorite.
  • [July 14]: Cale Makar has opened as the favorite to win the 2022 Norris Trophy. Last year’s winner Adam Fox is listed as the second favorite alongside Victor Hedman at +600.

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2022 Norris Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Cale Makar (Avalanche) +380
Victor Hedman (Lightning) +600
Adam Fox (Rangers +700
Charlie McAvoy (Bruins) +1000
Dougie Hamilton (Devils) +1200
Aaron Ekblad (Panthers) +1500
Miro Heiskanen (Stars) +1700
Roman Josi (Predators) +1700
Jaccob Slavin (Hurricanes) +2000
Quinn Hughes (Canucks) +2000
Jared Spurgeon (Wild) +2000
John Carlson (Capitals) +2000
Morgan Rielly (Leafs) +2000
Alex Pietrangelo (Golden Knights) +2000
Shea Theodore (Golden Knights) +2000
Ryan Pulock (Islanders) +2500
Devon Toews (Avalanche) +2500
Jeff Petry (Canadiens) +2500
Brent Burns (Stars) +3000
Kris Letang (Penguins) +3000

Odds as of Oct 22nd

Trends to Consider

  • It’s essential that a defenseman not miss anytime to injury. In the last 10 years, the most games missed by a Norris Trophy winner was six, when PK Subban sat out the first games of the 2012-2013 season in a contract holdout. 
  • Players essentially need to be on playoff teams to win the Norris. However, the 2021 award winner broke the trend. Adam Fox was the first Norris Trophy winner on a non-playoff team since the award’s inception in 1954.
  • It isn’t an offense-only award. If a defenseman is going to win the Norris, they need to demonstrate an ability (both via the eye test and with quantitative metrics) to play at an elite level in all facets of the game. This includes the power play, the penalty kill, and even-strength play. 

2022 Norris Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

Out of the previous winners, Victor Hedman opened with the best odds to win the 2022 Norris Trophy at +600. The previous winner with the next best odds would be Roman Josi at +1500.

Last 10 Award Winners

Year Player Games Played Goals Assists Points Age
2020-21 Adam Fox (New York Rangers) 55 (COVID-19 Shortened Season) 5 42 47 22
2019-20 Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) 52 (COVID-19-Shortened Season) 16 49 65 30
2018-19 Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames) 78 17 57 74 35
2017-18 Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) 77 17 46 63 27
2016-17 Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) 82 29 47 76 31
2015-16 Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) 82 14 37 51 26
2014-15 Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) 82 21 45 66 24
2013-14 Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) 79 6 55 61 30
2012-13 PK Subban (Montreal Canadiens) 42 (Lockout-Shortened Season) 11 27 38 23
2011-12 Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) 81 19 59 78 21

The median age of Norris winners in the last ten years is approximately 27. Adam Fox won the 2021 Norris Trophy at the age of 22, which is the youngest winner since Erik Karlsson won at the age of 21 in 2012.

 Players with Multiple Norris Trophies

Player Norris Trophies
Bobby Orr 8
Doug Harvey 7
Nicklas Lidstrom 7
Ray Bourque 5
Chris Chelios 3
Paul Coffey 3
Pierre Pilote 3
Denis Potvin 3
Erik Karlsson 2
Duncan Keith 2
Rod Langway 2
Brian Leetch 2
Larry Robinson 2

Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey, and Nicklas Lidstrom are commonly regarded as not only some of the best defensemen to ever play in the league but also some of the best players to ever play the game. This is reflected in their absurd Norris Trophy totals.

Nicklas Lidstrom’s career was especially remarkable, as he never missed the playoffs once in his 20 season career. His durability was equally remarkable, as prior to missing 12 games in his final season at the age of 41, the most regular season games he had missed in a season was 6. In total, he played a total of 1564 regular season games, on top of 263 playoff games.


Archived Norris Trophy Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019

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With five years of sports journalism under his belt already, Ryan Sura may be young, but he is already making his mark. He has written for publications such as Fantasy Pros, SB Nation and TSN.ca, covering NFL, NBA, and college sports.