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Subban, Letang and Suter named Norris finalists

May 7, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

Eric Staal, P.K. Subban AP

Montreal’s PK Subban, Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, and Minnesota’s Ryan Suter are the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the NHL announced today.

After a prolonged contract negotiation, Subban had 38 points in 42 games. The 23-year-old’s 11 goals gave him the scoring title among defenseman, as his 11 were more than Letang’s five.

Letang, though, had 38 points in just 35 games, as the 26-year-old missed time with injuries.

Suter, meanwhile, finished with 32 points in 48 games, but nobody played more than the 28-year-old, who averaged 27:16 per contest.

Other defensemen that likely picked up votes include the usual suspects, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty, and Shea Weber.

Alex Pietrangelo, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Francois Beauchemin, Duncan Keith, and Niklas Kronwall may have been on ballots, too.

Christian Ehrhoff was also getting some buzz in the advanced stats community.

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