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Cale Makar wins 2022 Norris Trophy

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Second in voting a year ago, Colorado Avalanche quarterback Cale Makar was officially announced as the winner of the 2021-22 Norris Trophy on Tuesday evening.

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Makar beats Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josie and quarterback Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman.

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The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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In his first three years in the league, Makar was voted into the top 10 every year. Based on the trajectory of his early career, he believes he will be an annual contributor to the debate for the foreseeable future.

Makar finished the regular season with 28 goals, 58 assists and 86 points in 77 games, as well as a dominant amount of possession. Not only did he help set up the Avalanche offense, but he is the No. 1 defensive end on one of the best teams in the league.

In terms of offensive impact, transitional play and defensive play, there aren’t many players who have the general skill set that Makar has, and at 22, his best days in the NHL may yet be ahead of him.

Here’s how the voting went this year.

As good as Makar’s regular season performance, he could have been even better in the playoffs, where he is currently one of the top contenders for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

In his first three years in the league, he averaged more than a point per game in both the regular season and playoffs as a defenseman, and played close defense and during key minutes as the best defenseman on one of the league’s best teams. . The sky is the limit of his potential in the NHL.

Other NHL honors winners announced earlier in the playoffs

Jack Adams Award: Darryl Sutter, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Trophy: Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets
Masterton Trophy: Cary Price, Montreal Canadiens
Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Adam Gretz writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.




Source: nhl.nbcsports.com

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