The NHL announced the three finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Tuesday morning. The honor is annually awarded to the defenseman who displays the greatest all-around ability at the position and is chosen by a vote of the Profesional Hockey Writer's Association.
Letang finished the year with the most assists (33) and finished tied with Subban for the most points by a defenseman (38), despite missing 13 games due to injury. In addition, Letang logged the seventh highest average ice-time (25:38), which included time on both the penalty kill (2:12 average) and power play (4:37 average).
Subban compiled a tremendous year in terms of his offensive production. In 42 games, he finished in the top three among defensemen, totaling 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points. However, the issue raised with Subban's potential for the Norris is his average ice time. He finished the regular season ranked 35th amongst defenseman with 23:14 per game, with an average of 4:42 on the power play and 1:27 on the penalty kill.
While ice time is the argument against Subban, the category is the primary reason Suter is the favorite to win the award.
Suter finished the season averaging 27:16 of ice time per game (most in the league), which included 3:46 on the power play and 2:07 on the penalty kill. He played in all 48 games this season and registered 32 points (four goals, 28 assists), which ranked him third behind Letang and Subban. In addition, he finished second to Letang in assists.
The winner of the award will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.