Erik Karlsson is rarely at a loss for words and is always full of confidence.

Except for Wednesday night, that is.

The Ottawa Senators' star defenceman was overwhelmed after being awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, beating out Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators in voting by NHL writers.

In a tight race, Karlsson received 66 first-place votes and 1,069 overall points. Weber had 49 first-place votes and 1,057 points, followed by Chara, who was voted first by 32 writers and 950 points.