It really should be no contest.

Erik Karlsson better walk away with the Norris Trophy Wednesday night at the 2012 NHL Awards at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.

If he doesn't, the process is a joke.

The 22-year-old Swede was clearly the best defenceman in the league this season.

Boston's Zdeno Chara was good, as always. So was Nashville's Shea Weber. But neither had anything close to the spectacular season enjoyed by Karlsson.