Colorado’s Cale Makar is no longer the runaway favorite to win the Norris Trophy. Makar was up to -275 to win the award given to the best defenseman a few weeks ago, but Roman Josi has pulled even with his recent play. Josi has six points in his last two games and that has him projected to finish with over 100 points.
CURRENT NORRIS TROPHY BETTING ODDS
CALE MAKAR (COLORADO) -105
ROMAN JOSI (NASHVILLE) -105
VICTOR HEDMAN (TAMPA BAY) +1500
ADAM FOX (NY RANGERS) +5000
ALL OTHERS +10000 OR MORE
If Roman Josi can top 100 points, it will be tough for voters to not back him for the Norris Trophy. It’s been three decades since a defenseman finished the season over the century mark, as Brian Leetch was the last defender to reach 100 points in the 1991-92 season. Josi has dished out 68 assists and has 87 points through 68 games to keep Nashville in the playoff hunt.
That milestone is pivotal to Josi’s chances, as voters are not typically keen on voting for a defenseman to win the Norris Trophy twice in a short span. No player has claimed this award more than twice since the great Nicklas Lidstrom won his seventh Norris Trophy, and eight of the last ten winners have been first-time winners. Josi won the Norris Trophy two years ago, so that hurts his chances.
Cale Makar has shined on the best team in the NHL. Makar will almost certainly win a Norris Trophy at some point in his career. He has developed into an elite two-way player in his first three seasons, and he is logging over 25 minutes of ice time a game. Colorado has won five straight games and Makar scored the game-winner in overtime on Friday night against Winnipeg.
The fact that Colorado doesn’t have any contenders for the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, or Vezina Trophy may really boost Makar’s case. Voters like to reward at least one player on the best team in the league, so Makar is set to be the sole beneficiary there.
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