As expected, Erik Karlsson won the Norris Trophy yesterday. This wasn’t a surprise, as he pt up 25 goals and 101 points in what can only be called a revival season for the 33 year old defenseman. He’s just the 15th defenseman in history and the first defenseman since Brian Leetch in 1991-1992 to accomplish the feat. That’s Norris worthy, even if you think he “doesn’t play defense.”
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Perhaps the surprising aspect of the voting was Fox finishing in second by a wide margin over Cale Makar. Fox is clearly a top defenseman in the league, and his second top-two finish in his young career. It does appear Fox will be a perennial Norris finalist for a number of years.
The fun debate isn’t whether or not Fox is deserving of multiple Norris Trophies. I think he’s established that he is. The fun debate is whether or not he will wind up as the best defenseman in Rangers history, supplanting Leetch. That is going to be a fun debate for decades to come.