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This week, we take a look at the early candidates for the Norris Trophy, and we've got a few surprises here:
Where would the Penguins be without him so far this season, given all the big names who have missed time through injury on this club? He plays in all key situations and is gold at both ends of the ice.
No wonder Darryl Sutter got shown the door in Calgary last season. The Leafs’ trade with the Flames from a few years ago is looking like a total steal. Phaneuf has been a demon at all facets of the game and is a big reason for Toronto’s quick start in October.
Let’s face it, it’s his trophy to lose this season. Ask most NHL GMs and they’ll tell you Weber is their top-ranked blueliner. But with five points in 11 games to start the season, he has another level to go.
Edler was only one point off the defenseman scoring lead as of Wednesday morning but brings so much more than that to the plate.
He plays against the top offensive line from the opposing team every night and still manages to produce offensively. Underrated as ever.
Honorable mentions: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa; Sheldon Souray, Dallas; Ryan Suter, Nashville; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Duncan Keith, Chicago.