Heiskanen hopes scoring, defense for Stars will lead to Norris Trophyhttps://t.co/mWGrLMphal
– NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) September 3, 2023
That’s what happened with Erik Karlsson, who had a dream season with 101 points, including 25 goals.
When it comes to offensive talent, no one can deny that EK65 is probably one of the most dangerous, year after year… even though he’s now 33.
On the other hand, the vast majority of fans and field hockey experts will all say the same thing: Karlsson is not the league’s best defenseman.
Yet he has won the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best defenseman.
Personally, I’ve always been on the side of those who believe that the Norris Trophy should be awarded to the best overall defenseman. Whoever has the most points doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the best in his category.
Let’s face it, Karlsson is a real threat offensively, but has a lot of defensive shortcomings and isn’t the most physically involved, either.
After all, a defenseman who scores 100 points in a season isn’t something you find on the street. In fact, Karlsson became only the sixth player in history to do so.
Miro Heiskanen, the Dallas Stars’ blue-line quarterback, had an excellent season, collecting 73 points last year, more than double his previous season.
He told NHL.com he’ll be in the hunt for the Norris Trophy next year.
“This is something I really want to win. I want to become the best defenseman in the NHL.” – Miro Heiskanen
And let’s face it, he’s got what it takes to get there.
Even if, at first glance, it seems a little egotistical to want to win this individual trophy, think again: it’s not his main goal.
“It’s the thing I want to win, but I don’t think about it too much during the season. It’s like I’ve always said, I’m trying to help my team win the Stanley Cup, but if I have a chance to win the Norris Trophy on top of that, that would be great.” – Miro Heiskanen
In addition to being the offensive leader of the Stars’ defensive brigade, the Finn is also physically very involved and not afraid to block shots. He also excels in the defensive zone.
For me, he’s the very definition of the Norris Trophy, but he’s still young and can always improve.
If he can reach the 80-point plateau, or average a point a game, he’ll definitely be in the Norris discussion in 2024, because he’s so complete.
Stars head coach Peter DeBoer has his own idea of what the Norris Trophy should represent, saying the defenseman’s all-around game must be taken into account.
“The Norris is the best defenseman in the league, not just the top scorer. He [Heiskanen] has all the toughest assignments every night, stopping the best players, running down power plays and blocking shots. I think all these things have to be taken into account when choosing this player. I think Miro ticks all those boxes.” – Peter DeBoer
– Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to slam home runs.
SEE YA! 👋 pic.twitter.com/ifi00LI96B
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 3, 2023
– Read more.
The experience gained by the recalled youngsters had paid off in subsequent seasons. https://t.co/DiH74T9aHG
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) September 3, 2023
– Congratulations to Horwitz on his first home run in the majors.
Spencer Horwitz hits his 1st home run in his 5th game in the majors 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/s1mqmf8d2y
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) September 3, 2023
– Carlos Vela struck back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t want to be compared to Carlos Vela when he was in MLS.
“I’ve been better than Vela for a long time. If he’s at his best… How old is he? 29. He’s playing in MLS, while I was 29 playing in Europe… that’s the big one… pic.twitter.com/C8syJuba6u
– Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) September 3, 2023
– Proof that Larkin is dominant.
Everyone with more powerplay goals than Dylan Larkin this season:
– Leon Draisaitl
– Connor McDavid
– Tage Thompson
– Brayden Point
– Mika Zibanejad
– David Pastrnak
– John Tavares
– Kirill Kaprizov
– Timo Meier
He’s become so lethal on the powerplay. pic.twitter.com/2oZmfoLUyh
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) September 3, 2023