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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. Colorado online sports bettors are sure thrilled to see their bright young star Cale Makar once again listed as the favorite to win Defenseman of the Year.

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.

2023 Norris Trophy Top Contenders

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2023 Norris Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Cale Makar (Avalanche) +200
Roman Josi (Predators) +600
Victor Hedman (Lightning) +700
Charlie McAvoy (Bruins) +800
Adam Fox (Rangers) +800
Aaron Ekblad (Panthers) +1200
Quinn Hughes (Canucks) +2000
Miro Heiskanen (Stars) +2000
Moritz Seider (Red Wings) +2500
Kris Letang (Penguins) +2500
Devon Toews (Avalanche) +2500
Shea Theodore (Golden Knights) +3500
Alex Pietrangelo (Golden Knights) +3500
John Carlson (Capitals) +3500
Morgan Rielly (Maple Leafs) +3500
Seth Jones (Blackhawks) +5000
Thomas Chabot (Senators) +5000
Rasmus Dahlin (Sabres) +5000
Jaccob Slavin (Hurricanes) +5000
Dougie Hamilton (Devils) +5000
Jared Spurgeon (Wild) +5000

Odds as of July 18 at DraftKings Sportsbook

Norris 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. 

2023 Norris Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

Out of the previous winners, Cale Makar opened with the best odds to win the 2023 Norris Trophy at +200. The previous winner with the next best odds is Roman Josi at +600.

Last 10 Norris Trophy Winners

Year Player Games Played Goals Assists Points Age
2021-22 Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) 77 28 58 86 23
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

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: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

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