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How Duncan Keith won the 2014 Norris Trophy

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May 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) clears the puck during the second period of game one of the second round...

May 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) clears the puck during the second …

Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2014 Norris Trophy, awarded to the defenseman with "the greatest all-around ability in the position” as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. 

And Keith never thanked Brent Seabrook. Jerk.

It’s Keith’s second Norris, having previously won in 2010.

Keith was named on 129 of 137 ballots, including 68 first-place votes. The other finalists were Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues were fourth and fifth.

Neither Chara nor Weber cracked 1,000 points in the voting. Here’s how that went:

Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
1. Duncan Keith, CHI 1033 (68-35-17-7-2)
2. Zdeno Chara, BOS 667 (21-39-22-19-17)
3. Shea Weber, NSH 638 (26-23-29-19-15)
4. Ryan Suter, MIN 351 (9-12-20-22-11)
5. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 304 (3-13-18-25-18)
6. Drew Doughty, LA 284 (8-6-17-18-23)
7. Erik Karlsson, OTT 70 (0-5-3-4-8)
8. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 53 (0-1-4-5-11)
9. Victor Hedman, TB 42 (1-1-0-5-10)
10. Mark Giordano, CGY 36 (1-0-2-3-7)
11. Matt Niskanen, PIT 36 (0-1-2-5-4)
12. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ 21 (0-1-0-3-5)
13. Niklas Kronwall, DET 10 (0-0-1-1-2)
14. O. Ekman-Larsson, PHX 6 (0-0-1-0-1)
PK Subban, MTL 6 (0-0-1-0-1)
16. Andrei Markov, MTL 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
17. Jay Bouwmeester, STL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Brent Seabrook, CHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Our ballot is here. 

The lack of support for Mark Giordano is an example of how sample size and ignorance of advance stats by the voters, because his numbers were off the charts. 

Interesting that Vlasic didn’t get more support, given the hype. Interesting that Subban and Markov got even less. 

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