How Far Ahead is John Carlson in the Norris Trophy Odds?
Through the first quarter of the NHL season, the James Norris memorial trophy is John Carlson’s to lose. The Washington Capitals stalwart is on pace for a historic season and is currently the runaway favorite to take home the trophy. Through 26 games, the 29-year-old American has registered 8 goals and 28 assists. Spectacular numbers in any era. As is so often the case in recent Norris history, the defenseman with the highest point total often wins the award. Carlson will be tough for his peers to catch in 2020.
Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi looks like a Norris trophy finalist this year. Josi has always been a high level defender but is blossoming in all aspects on the ice for the Preds. His difference making play has kept the team afloat in a tough Western Conference. The Predators captain is on pace for career highs in goals, assists and shots. He’s also putting together some of the league’s best possession numbers. Betting on the Swiss defender to continue his phenomenal all-around play at +1500 represents some of the best value on the board.
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Dougie Hamilton has taken a massive leap thus far in his second year as a Carolina Hurricane. He’s been trusted with a career high in minutes, with an average time on ice of 23:01 and has been effective with that time. The former Bruins draft pick is on pace for over 82 points and has already potted ten goals. Overcoming some early career struggles with a breakout campaign in 2019, Dougie could be the Norris winner at +600.
Shea Weber has been injury prone since his arrival in Montreal three seasons ago. When healthy, Weber has displayed he is still one of the better blue-liners in the league. The Canadiens have been an abomination on defense this year, but they’ve dominated when their Captain has been on the ice. He’s enjoying a resurgent campaign in 2020 tallying 8 goals and 11 assists in 24 games thus far. At +2200, Weber is a fantastic value bet to win the Norris.
Don’t overthink this, right now John Carlson has to be the name on your betting slip at +500.