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Paul MacLean believes Erik Karlsson “has done enough to win” the Norris

Jun 16, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

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We all know coaches play favorites with their own players when it comes to awards and Senators head coach Paul MacLean is no different.

MacLean is headed to Las Vegas this week for the NHL Awards and he tells Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra defenseman Erik Karlsson should be the Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman.

“Will he win? I don’t know. Should he win? I believe he has done enough to do it.”

Karlsson was, by far, the league’s highest-scoring defenseman this season with 78 points, 25 better than Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell. Karlsson, however, is up against Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber for the Norris and that’s where things get sticky. Those two guys bring offense but also play a stronger defensive game, a bit of a key component when it comes to an award for best defenseman.

Still, Karlsson’s big offensive game was impressive just the same and worthy of commendation. Perhaps a firm handshake and a pat on the back will have to suffice.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Done enough eh Paul? Yet you would keep him on the bench in the final minutes of games when up by a goal.

    Does Weber or Chara leave the ice in those situations?
    Paul Mclean needs to shut up, he didn’t back up his words on the ice and for good reason, Karlsson sucks without the puck and can’t win battles on the boards.

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