SAN JOSE – Brent Burns has been named as one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman, the Sharks announced on Friday.
Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson are the others. The award is voted upon by the media at the conclusion of the regular season.
Burns, 31, led all NHL defensemen with 27 goals and was second in scoring with 75 points, behind only Karlsson. He appeared in all 82 regular season games with the Sharks, finishing third in points, and setting new franchise records for most goals and points for a blueliner in a single season.
"We are extremely proud of Brent and thrilled that he is getting the recognition he deserves," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He has worked extremely hard to be an elite-level defenseman and has been an integral part of our team this season."
Coach Pete DeBoer spoke about the possibility of Burns being a finalist on Friday morning, before the Sharks were set to host the Predators in Game 1 of their second round Stanley Cup playoff series.
"I think the guys feel that he belongs in that group and I think it would be a shame if he isn't," DeBoer said. “We all inside here appreciate what he does every night for us, and feel he's in that conversation."
The 2016 NHL awards show will be held on June 22 in Las Vegas.