Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators were announced Friday as the finalists for the NHL's Norris Trophy, which goes to the best all-around defenseman.
Burns, a first-time nominee for the award, set Sharks records for defensemen this season with 27 goals, 48 assists and 75 points. Playing in all 82 regular-season games, Burns' goal total was the best in the NHL for defensemen and he had the second-most shots and points by a defenseman.
Doughty is a finalist for the second straight year and the third time overall. He saw action in every game during the season and was third in the league in average ice time at 28:01. His 14 goals and 51 points were his highest totals since the 2009-10 season.
Karlsson broke franchise records for assists (66) and points (82) in a season by a defenseman. His assist total led all NHL defenseman for the third straight year and for the fourth time in five seasons. Karlsson also topped the NHL in total ice time, average ice time and even-strength ice time.
Karlsson won the Norris Trophy last year and in 2012.
The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and will be presented June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.