His best season yet in the NHL was good enough for Nashville’s Shea Weber to be nominated as the game’s best defenceman for the second year in a row.
According to the voters, it wasn’t quite good enough for the former Kelowna Rockets’ rearguard to win the Norris Trophy.
Weber, along with Boston’s Zdeno Chara, finished as runners-up to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson as the NHL’s top blue liner in 2012-13.
In a close decision, Karlsson earned 66 first-place votes from writers and 1,069 overall points.
Weber garnered 49 first-place votes and 1,057 points, while Chara was deemed the best by 32 voters and earned 950 points overall.
It was the second year in a row as a finalist for Weber who finished second only to Detroit’s Niklas Lidstrom in 2011.
Karlsson, a 22-year-old Swede, had 19 goals and 59 assists for the Senators, 25 points more than the next highest scoring defenceman.
Weber, 26, a native of Sicamous, scored 19 goals, 30 assists and had a +21 rating in 78 games with the Predators.
Earlier this week, Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton had this to say about Weber:
“He can be the best,” Fenton told the Nashville Tennessean.
“His drive, his passion, all those things he brings to the game—his leadership, defending ability, offensively his shot, his vision—they’re just going to keep getting better.
“If that happens he’s going to be in the running every year for this trophy.”
Weber played parts of four WHL seasons with the Rockets, compiling 26 goals and 91 points in 190 games.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder was a tournament all-star at the 2004 Memorial Cup in Kelowna, and the WHL’s playoff MVP in 2005.
Weber was a second-round draft choice, 49th overall, by the Predators in 2004.
Weber, the Preds’ captain, was vying to be the second former Rocket to win the Norris trophy in the last three seasons.
Chicago’s Duncan Keith won the award in 2010.
Weber’s future in Nashville is in question, as the former Rocket is a restricted free agent.