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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2019 NHL Norris Trophy?
  • Look at odds for individual players, plus additional league and conference-specific trends from past years
  • Track and with a player’s odds as they get longer and shorter throughout the 2018-19 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 online sportsbook all season long, providing you with comprehensive coverage on how futures odds fluctuate for different defenseman around the league.

Odds For 2019 Norris Trophy Favorites

Odds at Bovada

Player Bovada Odds (May 28, 2019)
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames) -1200
Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) +700
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) +1600

Calgary’s Mark Giordano is heavily favored to win the 2019 Norris Trophy.

NHL Norris Trophy 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 6, 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. No player has ever won the Norris on a non-playoff team, dating back to 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. 

2019 Norris Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

Victor Hedman won the Norris Trophy in 2018 for being the most important player on (debatably) the league’s most dominant team last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 6’6 Swede has demonstrated his defensive acuity since he stepped into the league at the age of 19, but it’s his offensive breakout in the last two years (72 points in 2016-17 and 63 points in 2017-18) that’s solidified his position as a perennial Norris Contender.

2019 Norris Trophy Odds for Western Conference Players

The majority of Norris Trophy candidates this season play in the West. Unless Hedman, Letang, or Carlson win, it is almost certain that the winner will come from the Western Conference.

2019 Norris Trophy Odds for Eastern Conference Players

The third shortest odds for the Norris belong to Victor Hedman, who will likely play with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the East for the duration of his career. We still like some other d-men over Hedman for this season, but its extremely likely that Hedman will go home with another Norris before the conclusion of his career.

Last 10 Norris Trophy Winners

Year Player Games Played Goals Assists Points Age
2017-2018 Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) 77 17 46 63 27
2016-2017 Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) 82 29 47 76 31
2015-2016 Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) 82 14 37 51 26
2014-2015 Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) 82 21 45 66 24
2013-2014 Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) 79 6 55 61 30
2012-2013 PK Subban (Montreal Canadiens) 42 (Lockout-Shortened Season) 11 27 38 23
2011-2012 Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) 81 19 59 78 21
2010-2011 Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings) 82 16 46 62 40
2009-2010 Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) 82 14 55 69 26
2008-2009 Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) 80 19 31 50 31

The median age of Norris winners in the last ten years is 28. The youngest winner over the previous ten years was the current favorite, Erik Karlsson, who was only 21 when he won the Norris in his third NHL season.

 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 defenseman 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.