Karlsson, Weber, Chara the finalists for Norris Trophy Staff

4/26/2012 11:14:16 AM

Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators have been named the finalists for the Norris Trophy, handed out to the top defenceman in the NHL.

Karlsson enjoyed a breakout season in helping the Ottawa Senators return to the playoffs. The third year pro led all defencemen in scoring with 19 goals and 78 points. He had 25 more points than his second closest competitiors, the Florida Panthers' Brian Campbell and the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien.

Chara, who won the Norris Trophy in the 2008-09 season, led all defencemen with a plus-33 ranking. The 35-year-old was fourth in defensive scoring with 12 goals and 52 points.

Weber, 26, helped the Predators to one of their best seasons in 2011-12, as they finished fourth in the Western Conference standings with 104 points. The seventh-year pro tied Karlsson for the lead league in goals by a defenceman with 19 and also finished with 49 points and a plus-21 rating.

The winner will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards show on June 20.