The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League’s defensive player of the year. The trophy recipient is a player who demonstrates excellence as a defensive player, but also all-around skill and abilities in their performances as a player. The award was first introduced in 1952 and named after James Norris, the long-time owner of the Detroit Red Wings.
Each season, a panel of sports journalists and sports media of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote on the defensive player of the year, with players earning points per vote. The record for most James Norris Memorial awards is held by the legendary Bobby Orr, who earned eight consecutive wins from 1968 to 1975.
When it comes to betting on the recipient of the James Norris award, it can be one of the more simple bets you can make in a season, but usually isn’t the most popular. The James Norris recipient odds will be listed as a futures wager, which allows you to bet on a future outcome. The odds for the James Norris award are released early in the season at the same time you would see futures wagers for the Stanley Cup or divisional and conference odds start to populate.
While it can be difficult to predict which player might have an outstanding season on defense, you can take a look at a few notable players early on and go from there. When a player begins to show some promise, you should lock in your wager early to ensure the odds don’t shift or change, losing value. If you’re looking to make your James Norris award bet, you first need to do your research and determine which defensive player will prove himself. Is a player scoring more than usual from the point? Shutting down star players from even getting a shot off? Keep an eye on their stats.
There are so many factors to consider, but let’s look at how the odds work for NHL James Norris Memorial trophy betting. When you head to our James Norris sportsbook odds list, you can find a list of the top defensive players within the league. The players listed at the top of the list are the most likely to win the James Norris trophy, and the players further down the list will be less likely to win. A favorite to win the award may have odds of -120. At the end of the list, the players with a lesser chance of winning the title, and could have odds of +15,000.
Last year’s James Norris award winner was second year defenseman Adam Fox of the New York Rangers. He led all defensive players with 42 assists, five goals and 23 power play points and is only the second player to win this award in their second year in the league (the first was Bobby Orr).
Betting on the NHL’s James Norris defensive player award can be a fun futures wager to mix into your NHL betting strategy. Ensure you get your wager in early to ensure you lock in your odds – head over to our James Norris award page on the sportsbook to take advantage now!