(The Spread) - Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in the 2013 season? Let's check out the odds.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson is favored to win the Norris Trophy at 4/1 odds, while Boston's Zdeno Chara has the next best odds at 9/2. Nashville's Shea Weber is 13/2, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang is 7/1 and both Alex Pietrangelo of St. Louis and Ryan Suter of Minnesota are 10/1, respectively.
Continuing with the odds, Florida's Brian Campbell and San Jose's Dan Boyle are 12/1, respectively, while Vancouver's Alexander Edler and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien are 15/1, respectively. Toronto's Dion Phaneuf and Montreal's P.K. Subban are 20/1 to win the Norris Trophy in 2013, while Phoenix's Keith Yandle is 22/1.
Here are your long shots to win the award: Michael Del Zotto of New York is 25/1, as is Winnipeg's Tobias Enstrom, while Columbus' Jack Johnson is 30/1 and Calgary's Mark Giordano is 35/1 (as is Mark Streit of the Islanders). The field currently has odds of 9/1.
Karlsson won the Norris last season and Nicklas Lindstrom of the Red Wings won in 2010-11. Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks won the award in 2009-10, while Chara won it in 2008-09. Lindstrom also won the award three consecutive times from 2005 through the 2007-2008 season.