The finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy were announced Monday morning and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty didn’t make the cut. Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators were the finalists.
Doughty had a strong season, but so did the others and they were the top three in voting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the league’s top defenseman. The winner will be announced at a ceremony June 24 at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
Last week, Kings center Anze Kopitar was named as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which honors the forward who best excels at the defensive aspects of the game. Kopitar will be the Kings’ lone representative when the trophies are handed out in Las Vegas.
Asked if he was surprised Doughty wasn’t a finalist, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said simply, “He will be one day.”