San Jose Sharks veteran Erik Karlsson, New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox, and Colorado Avalanche blue-liner Cale Makar are the 2022-23 Norris Trophy finalists, the NHL announced Thursday.
The award is voted on annually by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season and presented “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”
Karlsson is gunning for his third Norris Trophy after enjoying a comeback season for the ages. The 32-year-old led all defensemen with 25 goals and 101 points in 82 contests and became the first rearguard since Brian Leetch in 1991-92 to hit the century mark. Karlsson also ranked fourth among all skaters with 74 even-strength points while averaging the fifth-most ice time (25:37) in the league, trailing just Makar, Drew Doughty, Rasmus Dahlin, and Quinn Hughes.
The 6-foot Swede also posted respectable underlying numbers on the struggling Sharks this season. San Jose controlled 53.6% of the shot attempts, 52.3% of the shots, 53.5% of the expected goals, and 50% of the goals at five-on-five with Karlsson on the ice, per Natural Stat Trick. Opponents outscored the Sharks 124-72 in the almost 2,326 minutes with Karlsson on the bench at five-on-five this campaign.