The Washington Capitals saw two of their top-pairing blueliners garner praise and consideration for two major NHL Awards on Tuesday, as defenseman John Carlson finished 10th in Norris Trophy voting while Martin Fehervary tied for 14th in Calder Trophy voting.
Carlson received four fourth-place votes and 16 finished votes. Cale Makar won the award, with Victor Hedman and Roman Josi being the other finalists. The Norris Trophy is awarded to the “top defenseman with greatest all-around ability.”
No. 74 is coming off another productive season that saw him register a career-high 17 goals and 54 assists for 71 points in 78 games. He also had a +/- rating of plus-13. Carlson has remained a top contributor for Washington who comes in clutch thanks to his wicked shot and offensive ability. The 32-year-old is also a catalyst on the power play.
Carlson’s young defensive partner, Fehervary, got one fifth-place vote for the Calder Memorial Trophy. The Calder goes to the player who is “the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.” Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider won the award. Trevor Zegras and Michael Bunting were the runner-ups. The 22-year-old also received four votes for the NHL All-Rookie Team.
Fehervary played a physical, impressive shutdown game in his first year in the Show while transitioning seamlessly into the role of a top-pairing d-man. He also showed potential as a puck-mover and contributor on the rush. The Slovak dished eight goals and nine assists through 79 games in and finished with a +/- of plus-15. His 251 hits also ranked seventh among all NHLers and second among rookies (behind only Tanner Jeannot). Also, his 19:39 ATOI ranked fifth among all rookie blueliners with at least 43 games played.