John Carlson Is a Norris Trophy Finalist

Posted July 20, 2020

(Caps Outsider)

In one of the least-surprising developments of the season, Caps defenseman John Carlson was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy. He’s up against Nashville’s Roman Josi and Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman.

Only Rod Langway has won the award – twice – for the Caps, in 1982-83 and 1983-84.

Carlson’s 75 points in 69 games this season (15g, 60a) led all defensemen, 10 points ahead Josi and 20 points ahead of Hedman. His 1.09 points per game this season were the highest total by a defenseman since Ray Bourque, Al MacInnis and Sergei Zubov in the 1993-94 season. This season, Carlson was on pace for 89 points over an 82-game season.

Carlson’s 60 assists led all NHL defensemen and ranked fourth among all players in the NHL. Carlson was on pace for 71 assists prior to the suspension of the season, which would have been the highest total by a defenseman since 1993-94.

Carlson led all defensemen in game-winning goals (6), two shy of the NHL record set by Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015-16. He ranked seventh in the NHL in time on ice (1,699:14) and led all defensemen in time on ice per shift (0:58).