By Sally Fahey
The Caps John Carlson, Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi and Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman were named the finalists for the Norris Trophy as top defenseman in the NHL
This is the first time Josi and Carlson have been named finalists, while Hedman earned the honour in 2018.
Josi has finished top-11 in Norris votes in each of the past five seasons and has been one of the most consistent defensemen of his era. The 30-year-old Bern, Switzerland native had 16 goals and 49 assists through 69 games this season. His 260 shots on goal were the most among blueliners and his 25:47 of ice-time per game ranked third in the league.
His 1.09 points per game were the highest total from any defenceman since the 1993-94 season.