The Fantasy Norris Trophy goes to…

The real life Norris Trophy is worth debating. In the Fantasy Norris, there's no contest.

The real life Norris Trophy is worth debating. For the Fantasy Norris, Capitals D Mike Green has no competition.

Washington Capitals D Mike Green was easily the best fantasy blueliner this season.

Green went through the entire season without a dry spell. In 55 of his 68 games, he tallied either a point or a penalty minute. Only twice did he provide neither a point nor a penalty minute in back-to-back games.

As good as Boston Bruins D Zdeno Chara was, he had three significant fantasy dry spells: that is, on three occasions, Chara spanned four straight games without a point or penalty minute.

Likewise, Detroit Red Wings D Nicklas Lidstrom had two four-game dry spells.

Our point here: Green had no dry spells. His longest droughts lasted two games.

Moreover, Green’s 31 goals were eight more than anyone else at the position. (Edmonton D Sheldon Souray and Nashville D Shea Weber each notched 23.)

Green’s 38 power-play points ranked second, behind only Montreal D Andrei Markov (39).

His 243 shots on goal ranked fourth, behind Calgary D Dion Phaneuf (277), Souray (268) and Weber (251).

His 42 assists ranked eighth and his +24 ranked fifth.

Fans of actual hockey, please don’t misunderstand: Game 7, win or go home, I’d prefer Chara or Lidstrom on my team. But in fantasy hockey, Green obliterated his competition this season. We’ll see how far that gets him and the Capitals tonight vs. the Rangers.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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