Many members of the Pittsburgh Penguins have won NHL awards in the past few seasons. Those members are Dan Bylsma, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. Another player may be added to that list soon though as defenseman Kris Letang was named as one of the three finalists for the Norris trophy, which goes to the league’s top defenseman. The other candidates are P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild. Subban and Letang led all defensemen this season in points with 38. However, Subban played in more games than Letang did this season due to multiple injuries. Suter registered 32 points in 48 games for the Wild and turned out to be one of Minnesota;s best players after he signed a long-term contract with the Wild this past summer. The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will have a tough time picking a winner for the Norris this season as a legitimate argument can be made for each candidate. The winner will be announced sometime during the Stanley Cup Finals in June. Letang will look to become only the second Penguins defenseman to win the award in franchise history. Randy Carlyle is the only Penguins player who has captured the Norris trophy (1981).
Kris Letang Named Finalist for Norris Trophy
Published on May 7th, 2013