by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
It may have taken 13 seasons for Mark Giordano to be nominated for an NHL award, but the 35-year-old defenseman from the Calgary Flames is hoping that is a lucky number for him as the overwhelming -1000 favorite (bet $1000 to win $100) on the odds to win the Norris Trophy at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com after enjoying a career year.
The Flames won the Pacific Division for the first time ever during the 2018/19 regular season, with their last title coming back in 2005/06 when they resided in the Northwest. Even though Calgary flamed out in the first round of the playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche, Giordano’s nomination is further recognition for the team’s outstanding campaign as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and proves what hard work and dedication can do. He had a career-high 74 points (17 goals and 57 assists).
The team that finished second behind the Flames in the Pacific has the second choice to earn his second Norris Trophy in Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks at +650 (bet $100 to win $650). Burns won the award two years ago when he scored a career-high 29 goals and totalled 76 points overall. This past season, the 34-year-old tallied a career-high 83 points (16 goals and a career-high 67 assists) while playing all 82 games for the fifth consecutive year. This despite San Jose adding another strong scoring defenseman last offseason in Erik Karlsson, who played just 53 games due to injuries.
The third finalist to win the Norris Trophy should also come as no surprise, although reigning winner Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning is a long shot to repeat at +1400 on those NHL odds. Like Giordano, Hedman was the top defenseman for one of the best teams in the league yet also had a disappointing ending in the postseason, with the Lightning getting swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round. The 28-year-old missed 12 games last season but still produced 54 points (12 goals and 42 assists) as Tampa Bay won the Presidents’ Trophy. Last year when he earned the Norris Trophy he had 63 points in 77 games, one season after a career-high 72 points when Burns won it.