The NHL handed out their major awards over the weekend, a list of trophies which included the Norris, given to the league’s top defenseman. You won’t hear any arguing here that anyone other than P.K. Subban should have won the award. He had a fantastic year and deserved the hardware.
Within the voting, we did see some respect for other players that deserved it. Players that weren’t necessarily finalists but still found themselves in the mix for the award. One of those players was Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who could have been right in there among the finalists.
Beauchemin had a brilliant season, manning the blue line as the Ducks’ no. 1 defenseman in a season that saw them grab the no. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Playing next to Sheldon Souray, Beauchemin was easily a top five defenseman throughout the league, making his finishing fourth in the Norris voting absolutely warranted.
He averaged 23:27 of ice time per game, almost three minutes more than any other player on the roster. He led the team in shorthanded minutes, while finishing second among defenseman in minutes on the power play. Eight of his 24 points came with the Ducks on the man advantage.
The 2013 season was actually one of the best of Beauchemin’s career. His 24 points in 48 games were more than he had in 82 tilts last year. He had a plus-19 rating for the year and averaged a plus-7 Corsi per 60 minutes in 2013. All in all, a terrific year for him which resulted in some deserved respect in the Norris Trophy voting.