Early Norris trophy candidates?

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  1. rocketdan9 Registered User

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    I'm bias so I have McAvoy at the top or one of the top 3 at the moment/this rate

    Who else deserves to be in the conversation?

    On the flip side, which highly regarded D has been off to a disappointing start?

    I just saw someone post that Miro Haiskenan is off to a poor start. Who else?
     
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    Cale Makar - PPG defenseman and he’s playing 24+ min a game. Pretty impressive all around the ice
     
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    Cale Makar, Drew Doughty, and Victor Hedman are my top-3 so far.

    Petry/McAvoy/Nurse are my dark horses.
     
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    Makar, Hedman and Petry at the moment
     
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    Hedman, Makar at the top. Doughty will get votes if he keeps this up and LA makes the playoffs. McAvoy, Petry , and Maybe Nurse close by.
     
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    Where did Doughty come from? I thought he was on the path to washed up land
     
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    Was Makar a candidate last season?
     
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    Makar

    Hedman
    McAvoy

    Very clear top 3 for me.
     
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    Cale Makar has been dominant this year; I see him as the frontrunner...Hedman will get votes, as will guys like Nurse, Petry, Hughes, etc. but Makar has been money...
     
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    Honest question as I haven’t watched much of either team, but how has Makar been defensively?

    Hedman is putting up better offensive numbers, more TOI, and is obviously great defensively. He seems like the clear front runner to me.
     
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    I never thought I would say this but Darnell Nurse is making a strong case this year. Tied for most goals by a Dman, third in points, leading in 5v5 points, +13, very physical, plays in all situations and is skating close to 30min a night. He has been a huge part of Edmonton’s recent success and stepped up big time in the absence of Klefbom. Very unlikely he wins but the fact that he is even in the discussion and likely to receive some votes is a huge surprise.
     
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    Not John Carlson.

    - Caps fan

    McAvoy has been the best I’ve seen from the (checks notes) Mass Mutual East division. I honestly have only seen a handful of teams outside the (checks notes) Mass Mutual East.
     
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    Yep, I never thought I'd say this, but Darnell Nurse absolutely should be in the conversation right now. I wouldn't have him winning, but it's not a stretch to say he's been top 5 so far.
     
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    He hardly has to play defence, partly due to his ability, partly due to his linemates.
     
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    that is pretty much spot on...

    Hedman FTW due to credentials
     
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    Tim&Sid had Nurse as the winner. Well, Tim did.
     
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    That and his underlying stats are very good. He's doing it all.

    He's my early pick at the moment.
     
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    The Norris Trophy moreso than any other is a name brand/legacy award and Nurse is not there yet.

    If Doughty continues to play at this level and the Kings are a top team in the West, he will probably get it.
     
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    Should automatically disqualify Makar too, if that's the case?

    I think everyone knows it's Hedman's to lose so far.
     
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    What? Lol

    So he is not the best at his end. But offensive dynamo offensively
     
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    Pretty sure joe Thornton said matthews deserves it, and who am I to doubt joe Thornton
     
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    Not yet. McAvoy has a case. He logs on a ton of mins. Plays on the PP and PK.

    Hedman has won already. He needs to relax.
     
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    Hedman is such a beast. He should win it but they will give it to a player that hasn't won it before.
     
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    I think you can throw all of McAvoy, Nurse, Petry, Rielly, and Makar in the "deserving of a look" pile but none of them have the same clout that Hedman does and he'll get the votes based on name and history, fairly or unfairly.
     

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