Monday, January 23, 2006

New Norris Trophy Leader

Earlier this season, I picked Wade Redden as the best defenceman so far this season in the NHL. When he missed a few games due to injury, he was overtaken by Bryan McCabe. Now that McCabe has missed some games with injury, Redden is again my pick as the Norris trophy leader.

Wade Redden is scoring at point per game rate (36 points in 36 games) for the Ottawa Senators. His +30 +/- rating is second highest in the NHL. Redden has come into his own as one of the best defenders in the NHL and is very deserving of his spot on Canadian Olympic team.

Other top defencemen so far this year include Redden's teammate Zdeno Chara, suprising Lubomir Visnovsky, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Zubov.

Comments:
While McCabe was getting the media attention to take the lead early, the trophy is now in the hands of Lidstrom.
He is having a great year and makes the game look so easy.
It should be interesting if the media jumps on the Redden bandwagon for the 2nd half of the season.
 
Lidstrom is a good player and he is playing well but I am not convinced he is the Norris leader at this point. As good as Lidstrom is playing this year, he was a better player 3-4 years ago. He's certainly a candidate but not the leading one.
 
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