What are the odds Adam Fox wins 2023 Norris Trophy

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Adam Fox is a finalist for the 2023 James Norris Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the NHL’s best defenseman. He won the award back in 2020-21 as a sophomore, a feat only accomplished by the legendary Bobby Orr.

Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche are also finalists for the honor. The winner is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and will be announced June 26.

So what are the odds Fox will take home his second Norris Trophy in the last three years?

Adam Fox Norris Trophy Odds

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Fox, 25, was eighth among NHL defenseman with 72 points (12 goals, 60 assists) and a plus-28 rating in 82 games for his second consecutive 70-point season. The last Rangers defenseman to accomplish that was Brian Leetch (two times, most recently in 1995-96 and 1996-97).

The Jericho, Long Island native was tied for fourth among blue-liners in assists and eighth in points. Fox was the only NHL defenseman who registered 70 or more points and had a +25 rating or better during the season. He also tied for the most takeaways among defensemen with 88.

“It’s kind of amazing that someone can play that style at such a high level in the NHL in today’s game,” Leetch remarked about Fox. “You wonder why other guys can’t do it or play like that, and it’s because nobody can see the game like that and can have the patience and have the subtle body moves to do that.”

Based on this information, you would think Fox is a shoe-in to take home the Norris except for the remarkable season Karlsson had for bad Sharks team.

Karlsson, 33, posted a staggering 101 points in 82 games this year, but was also a -26 in the plus/minus column. How much that will factor against him in voting will be the difference in whether or not Fox wins.

Makar, 24, was also outstanding with 66 points this season. Unfortunately, he only played in 60 games due to injury and that hurts his chances.

Per BetMGM, Karlsson is the favorite by a country mile at -375 with Fox and Makar tied at 1000. Other sites like Odds Shark and Vegas Insider show Fox alone in second place but still a ways away from Karlsson.

Ultimately, it will come down to how the PWHA weighs Karlsson’s defensive numbers versus his incredible offensive output. If voters feel that the first defenseman to top the 100 point mark since Leetch last did it during the 1991-92 season is too difficult to ignore, Fox will have to win his second Norris at another time.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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