Cale Makar is a finalist for the Norris Trophy. In other news, water is still wet.
The three finalists were revealed this morning. They are: Makar, Roman Josi and Victor Hedman. The winner will be announced, the NHL says, either during the conference finals or the Stanley Cup finals.
I think Makar is going to win. Call it a hunch. The voting was done before the playoffs, by the way.
If not Makar, Josi will win. I think Makar deserves it more, because he scored the most goals of any defenseman and he had a plus-48. Josi was a plus-13 and scored five fewer goals while playing three more games than Makar.
Playoff stats don’t count, but we’ve also seen why Makar is better than Josi in this postseason. Makar has seven points in three games. Josi has three.
Don’t get me wrong: Josi and Hedman are great players. But Makar was the best defenseman in the NHL this season. Full stop.