Pens defenseman Kris Letang was one-of-three nominated for the Norris Trophy Tuesday.
Earning the honors for the first time, Letang will be competing against Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and Montreal’s P.K. Subban for the prestigious trophy.
Despite having an injury-riddled season, Letang finished second — behind only Subban — for scoring amongst NHL defenseman with 38 points (5G, 33A).
Leading the team with an average of 25:38 minutes of ice-time per game, he finished as the NHL’s seventh-best for that category.
And while he only played in 38 contests, the 26-year-old smooth-skating French-Canadian still finished 20th in the NHL for plus/minus with a plus-16 rating.
Although Letang will be a heavy favorite to some, Subban and Suter are going to be considered just as much because of the value they bring to their respective clubs.
Had Letang been in there all year — and not missed time due to injury/illness — he might have been a lock.
He will continue to be a force for Pittsburgh during these 2013 NHL Playoffs.