Look at the résumés of the other Norris Trophy finalists and Shea Weber looks like an NHL defenseman neophyte.
Nicklas Lidstrom — six Norris Trophies, 11th nomination.
Zdeno Chara — one Norris Trophy, fourth nomination.
Shea Weber — one nomination (this year).
"To be honest with you I never even thought I would be in this situation," Weber said from Las Vegas, site of tonight's NHL Awards gala. "If you look at the two guys I'm nominated with this year, it's just an honor to be mentioned with them, the guys who have won it in the past. It's really humbling and something to cherish — just being here."
The Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's best defenseman, is a different type of award. Because the pool to pick from is composed solely of defensemen, the same players often get nominated most years. Chara and Lidstrom are no different.
Chara's nomination/win totals are similar to most elite defensemen with Hall of Fame credentials.
Lidstrom is in a different category. His six victories are behind only Bobby Orr (eight) and Doug Harvey (seven) since the first award in 1954.
With his first finalist appearance, has Weber entered that pantheon of consistent nominee? Possibly, though he'd probably have to match his totals from this season.
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