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2009 NHL Awards – Norris Trophy

Posted in Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by FEGNS

james norris trophy-top defensemenThe three finalists for 2009’s award for the “best defender in the NHL,” The James Norris Trophy have been revealed.

All three finalists are on teams that finished at the top of their divisions, and all three are quite deserving of the award and title as best defender of the year.

The Finalists are: Mike Green (Washington Capitals), Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings), and Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins).

I can by no means argue with these three finalists as they were all absolutely stellar this season, and I can not realistically remove any of the three in favor for any other defender that isn’t a finalist.

Let’s take a closer look at their seasons, what each of them brings to the table, and possible reasons that they should win this prestigious award.

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Mike Green Breaks Record

Posted in Hockey with tags , , , , on February 16, 2009 by FEGNS

The resurgence of the Washington Capitals in recent years is largely due to incredible drafting and solid  managerial decisions, but is also a result of highly touted prospects now living up to (and possibly exceeding) their potential. 

 By now, everyone knows about what Alexander Ovechkinis doing for the Capitals (and the sport of hockey in as a whole).  Everyone is probably also quite familiar with the play-making ability of Nicklas Backstrom… but now, add Mike Green to the list of young Capitals stars that will likely find a place in the NHL Hall of Fame in the distant future.

 This past weekend Green broke Mike O’Connell’s NHL record established in 1983-84 (a year before Green himself was born) by scoring a goal in 8 consecutive games.  No defender in NHL history has ever scored in more consecutive games than Mike Green has.  This is a 23 year old defender (who is currently only in his third full season in the NHL) that we’re talking about here.

 Green is currently leading all defenders in goals, points, and powerplay points.  He is among the top 3 defenders in plus/minus.  His stats are this remarkable despite missing 13 of Washington’s 57 games so far this season. 

 It’s not too much to assume that this young Capitals team will be a major contender when the playoffs start.  With their franchise winger, centerman, and now defender in place, it’s not too outlandish to suggest that this team could be great for years to come… salary cap allowing.