Given the season they’ve had this year, the Anaheim Ducks are sure to have quite a few names in the mix for individual awards when the season comes to an end this summer.
One player representing the Ducks that could be taking home some hardware is Francois Beauchemin. He’s one of quite a few defenseman in a crowded field working its way towards the Norris Trophy.
It’s hard to argue the fact that Beauchemin has been a Norris candidate on the blue line for the Ducks. He’s been the anchor of a team that is only allowing 2.42 goals per game.
On the season, Beauchemin has 21 points, which is among the best in the league among blue liners. He’s a terrific plus-23, which is actually second in the league trailing only teammate Sheldon Souray. He’s been a contributor on the power play, with six of his 21 coming with the Ducks on the man advantage.
He’s averaging just over 23 minutes per game, which is tops on the Ducks and 37th in the league overall. He’s rock solid defensively, regardless of the zone and situation. He’s absolutely a key piece of whatever this Ducks team accomplishes this year. It’s pretty easy to say he’s in the running to be a Norris finalist this summer.
Beauchemin isn’t a big name and he isn’t putting up 40 or 50 points from the blue line this year. That could hold him back from consideration a bit, as is usually the case with any award. But he’s having one of the best years of his career and it’s a major reason that the Anaheim Ducks have been as successful as they are this season.