- Bovada has issued new NHL prop bets for the 2019/20 Norris Trophy
- Brent Burns (+450) is a slight favorite over teammate Erik Karlsson (+600) to be honored as the league’s best defenseman
- Victor Hedman (+650) and John Klingberg (+1400) are both excellent bets to win the award
Recent Norris Trophy history shows that you have to put up serious offensive point totals to be recognized as the league’s top defenseman.
Take last season’s winner Mark Giordano, for instance. Despite playing ferocious defense throughout his 13-year career, the 35-year-old needed a career-high 74 point campaign to win the award.
In other words, we’re not looking for a stay-at-home type here. Let’s look at the Bovada odds and pick a winner.
NHL 2019-20 NORRIS TROPHY WINNER
|Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)||+450|
|Erik Karlsson (San Jose Sharks)||+600|
|Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)||+650|
|PK Subban (New Jersey Devils)||+1100|
|Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)||+1200|
|Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)||+1400|
|John Klingberg (Dallas Stars)||+1400|
|John Carlson (Washington Capitals)||+1800|
|Tyson Barrie (Toronto Maple Leafs)||+2000|
|Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets)||+2000|
|Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)||+2000|
|Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues)||+2000|
|Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets)||+2000|
|Roman Josi (Nashville Predators)||+2500|
THE SHARKS: BURNS AND KARLSSON
Nine of the past 10 Norris winners have ranked top-five in scoring among defensemen, but Brent Burns’ reputation as a weak defender may hurt his chances to claim another trophy.
Last season, the bearded, toothless wonder scored a career-high 83 points (seven more than his Norris-winning 2016-17 year), but still lost out to Giordano. It’s fair to wonder what kind of astronomical numbers the 34-year-old would have to put up to change hearts and minds.
Brent Burns arguably is even better than the Sharks envisioned when they acquired him eight years ago.@marcuspwhite explains why the trade that brought the bearded blue liner to San Jose is the second-most important in team historyhttps://t.co/GZHoxvU71f pic.twitter.com/RDrhVbM5Tg
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) August 29, 2019
Fresh off signing a new eight-year $92 million deal, Erik Karlsson enters the season looking to become just the ninth three-time winner in Norris history.
Since he last won the award in 2014-15, the 29-year-old has battled a number of injuries, including a groin issue that caused him to miss 29 games last year. While he’s an electric talent, his health history inspires me to bet on two of his countrymen instead.
THE SWEDES: HEDMAN AND KLINGBERG
Make no mistake- Victor Hedman should be the favorite for this award.
The 28-year-old has finished third, first and third in Norris voting over the past three seasons. And he enters 2019-20 on a high-scoring Lightning squad, in front of a brick wall of a goalie in Andrei Vasilevskiy. His offensive and defensive numbers are almost guaranteed to be good.
While Hedman is a safe bet, John Klingberg is an under-the-radar pick that could surprise. The 27-year-old is just one year removed from a 67-point season that tied him for second among all defensemen.
New warmup routine for @johnklingberg.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 21, 2019
After missing 18 games last season with a broken hand, Klingberg is now fully healthy, squarely in his prime, and on a Dallas Stars team loaded with offensive talent.
Captaining a power play with the likes of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and new-addition Joe Pavelski should lift Klingberg to new career-high point totals.
While the young Swede is nowhere near as strong in his own end as Hedman, he almost assuredly will score more points this year.