With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. Today we predict the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, an annual award presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the NHL's best defenseman. Duncan Keith's skating, awareness and puck movement have been as good this season as they were throughout the 2009-10 season. The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was good enough to win the Norris Trophy then, just as he is now. Keith should be a shoo-in for his second Norris Trophy if his overall play in the last quarter of the season matches what he did leading up to the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Keith went into the break with 48 points and a plus-19 rating in 59 games. He led NHL defensemen with 45 assists, including 16 on the power play, had eight penalty minutes and was averaging 24:32 of ice time. Keith gives the Blackhawks everything a team needs from a No. 1 defenseman. He's reliable. He rarely finds trouble, and when he does, he's smart enough and fast enough to skate away from it. He makes his defense partner, Brent Seabrook, a better player. He helps the forwards. He's a weapon on the power play. He's a dominant possession player.
Blackhawks' Keith leads race for Norris Trophy
NHL.com | Feb 28