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Cale Makar’s Main Competitors in the Norris Trophy Race

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It’s almost an understatement to say Cale Makar is something else. The 23-year-old defenseman from Calgary, Alberta showed us his talents during his first two seasons in the NHL. This season, however, Makar has proven himself at the next level with some jaw-dropping, highlight-reel moves. The kid is one of the big reasons Avalanche holds the first spot in the Central Division as well as the Western Conference.

Online Betting on the Avs

Many Avs fans hope this can be the season where the team finally brings the cup back to Colorado and decide to bet on the dream to come true. Betting on the NHL can be done from lots of gambling sites, many of them located in the state of New Jersey. Thanks to nj sports betting online, hockey fans can now wager on their favorite teams from their laptop or smartphone.

How to find the best betting site

Before placing your bet, it’s important to choose the right betting site. The site should offer all bullet points presented below:

  • A proper license – to make sure all gambling is safe.
  • A wide variety of odds – in case you want to bet on other leagues than the NHL.
  • Lucrative bonuses – welcome bonuses and odds boosts, for example.
  • Helpful customer support – in case a problem would occur.
  • Secure payment methods – for deposits and withdrawals to be as smooth as possible.

At an online betting site, hockey fans can choose to bet on everything from who will win the next game to who will raise “Lord Stanley”. In addition to this, some sites offer odds on who will win the Norris Trophy – the prize awarded to the best defenseman in the league.

Norris Trophy Candidates 2022

Cale Makar was one of the Norris Trophy candidates last season, and it goes without saying he is this season as well. However, Makar has some tough competition. Below, we list his main competitors.

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Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman played a huge part in the Lightning’s two straight Stanley Cup wins and was awarded a Conn Smythe Trophy because of it. Now that the team is going for a “three-peat”, Hedman is not slowing down. In fact, the swede is moving towards a record-breaking season, having the chance of scoring more than 17 goals, which is his current record over his 13 seasons in Tampa.

Roman Josi

Another defenseman about to set a new personal record is the captain of the Nashville Predators. Over his 11 seasons in the Music City, he has never scored more than 16 goals and 65 points. At the time, Josi stands at 14 goals and 59 points. These numbers are especially impressive considering the Predators are far from a top team in the league.

Aaron Ekblad

Speaking of breaking records, Aaron Ekblad already has. He currently stands at 49 points scored, which is better than any of his previous seasons under the Florida sun. The Panthers are now competing with the Lightning for real, over who is the best team in the state. And the first overall pick from the NHL Entry Draft 2014 is one of the reasons it’s happening.

Adam Fox

Adam Fox is the reigning Norris Trophy winner, and he has definitely the possibility of winning two years in a row. Alongside Igor Shesterkin, Fox is one of the most valuable players in the New York Rangers, that is on their way out of a few years rebuild. The 24-year-old stands at 55 points scored in 53 games played.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Ryan Krueger

IMO, as long as he doesn’t get hurt and miss a bunch of games it is Cale’s to lose.

Joshua Canfield

My thought exactly. Barring an injury, Makar should be a lock for the Norris.

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