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.

Carlson led all NHL defensemen with 75 points in 69 games played, setting a new career high for points and tying his previous career-best of 15 goals. In fact, Carlson’s 75 points were the most on his team – ahead of even Alex Ovechkin – and ranked 12th overall in the NHL. The 30-year-old American has finished top-five in Norris voting in each of the past two seasons.

His 1.09 points per game were the highest total from any defenceman since the 1993-94 season.

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