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Odds to Win the Norris Trophy: Carlson Looks to Have the Hardware Locked Up

Odds to Win the Norris Trophy

The race for the 2019-20 Norris Trophy is already over, according to oddsmakers. John Carlson is the runaway odds-on favorite to win the hardware as the league’s top defenseman, and it doesn’t appear any other player has a chance to catch him at this point.

Carlson is the heavy -450 chalk to win the Norris at BetOnline, with Roman Josi (+500), Alex Pietrangelo (+550), Victor Hedman (+900), Cale Makar (+2000) and Keith Yandle (+3300) available in plus money.

Nobody is Stopping Carlson

The Norris Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL’s top “defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.” By that definition, it’s extremely hard to argue against Carlson right now.

The Washington Capitals blue-liner ranks 10th in league scoring with 14 goals and 51 assists through 54 games while compiling a plus-minus rating of +21. Josi is the only defenseman who’s close to Carlson’s offensive output (14 goals, 37 assists), as the duo are the only two d-men to rank in the top 50 in NHL scoring.

Carlson, who re-upped with the Capitals in 2018 for eight years at $64 million after Washington won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, is proving to be worth every cent. At 30, the Massachusetts native is clearly in the prime of his career and is a near lock to win his first Norris Trophy after the season.

Makar Looks Like a Future Norris Winner

Makar won’t win the Norris this year, but it’s incredible to even see the star rookie on the list given the vast amount of veteran defensive talent across the league. The Colorado Avalanche phenom has 11 goals and 27 assists and is a plus-8 in what’s been one of the most impressive seasons we’ve seen in quite some time by a rookie defenseman.

Makar, who ranks third on the Avs in points, will be a trendy pick to win the 2020-21 Norris Trophy as he enters his sophomore year.

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Odds to Win the 2019-20 Norris Trophy
John Carlson-450
Roman Josi+500
Alex Pietrangelo+550
Victor Hedman+900
Cale Makar+2000
Keith Yandle+3300

Odds as of February 5 at BetOnline