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NHL Norris Trophy Odds 2022 | Top Defenseman Award Winner Predictions

The NHL is coming down the stretch, which means it’s last call for regular-season award betting.

The playoffs are just around the corner, and the favorites are availing themselves. But there’s still a little more time for a darkhorse to move in or favorite to take a stranglehold.

The Norris Trophy voting is still one of the few that’s up for grabs as of early March. Here’s a look at the race.

2022 NHL Norris Trophy Odds

Here are the top 4 betting favorites to win the 2022 Norris Trophy as of March 29, 2022. Odds courtesy of Fox Bet:

  • Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-278)
  • Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (+225)
  • Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (+600)
  • Adam Fox, New York Rangers (+1400)

Makar, one of the seemingly endless budding superstars on the Colorado Avalanche roster, is the clear favorite, and deservedly so since he’s having a Norris-caliber season. Makar has carried Colorado through early-season inconsistency and COVID-19 outbreaks to the top of the Central Division. He also leads all NHL defensemen in goals (24) as of March 29.

Josi, who rallied to win the award in 2020, has been on a tear, moving to the second-best odds while leading the playoff-bound Nashville Predators in points for the third straight year. He leads all NHL defensemen in points (81 as of March 29) while also leading all Nashville skaters in average ice time per game. He’s on pace for the first 100-plus point season from an NHL defenseman since Brian Leetch had 102 for the New York Rangers in 1991-92.


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Following those two is Hedman, the 2018 recipient and sturdy Swedish blueliner, has again been a rock for Tampa Bay’s ascent in the Atlantic Division — much of which has come without former Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov in the Lightning lineup. Hedman leads all Tampa Bay skaters in average ice time per game and is second on the team in points, trailing only Steven Stamkos.

Fox has boosted New York near the top of the Metropolitan Division standings and is in the top-3 in points among blueliners. He’s averaging about a point per game while also leading the Rangers in averaging ice time per game.

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators defenseman, celebrating a goal Jan. 15, 2022

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi ranks as one of the favorites for the 2022 NHL Norris Trophy. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

 


2022 Norris Trophy Prediction

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (+225)

We love the idea of Josi swooping in and stealing the award, since he is thriving and carrying the surprising Predators under more difficult circumstances than last season, and if he can surpass 100 points as a defenseman, it’ll be hard to deny him the award no matter what kind of season Makar has had.

When the hockey establishment establishes a narrative, particularly in an award as subjective as the Norris, it is hard to break. But Josi’s end-of-season tear will fresh in voters’ minds, and the groundswell of buzz for Josi has already begun. Cash in while the odds are still there.

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