Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones just missed out on a Norris Trophy nomination.
The Columbus Blue Jackets cleaned up at the 2017 NHL Award show. Four trophies including a second Vezina for Sergei Bobrovsky and the Jack Adams to John Tortorella ended a great season for the Jackets.
This season no CBJ players or coaches received nominations for any postseason awards. At the end of the season it was fairly obvious that no Jacket was going to win an award, but there was a few snubs in my opinion.
Pierre-Luc Dubois didn’t get enough credit for the incredible rookie season he had centering the top line in the division with the best centers of any division in the NHL. There was no way he was winning it (Congrats Matthew Barzal) but he had a great rookie season that was very much overlooked.
Dubois ended up finishing 8th in Calder Trophy voting and received no first place votes.
But the biggest snub in my opinion in April was Seth Jones. He was second in goals for defenseman this season and fourth in game winning goals. Jones had a corsi of 54.1% while being matched up against the opposing teams best players night in and night out. And in the Metro division that means Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, and Taylor Hall.
Jones play is even more impressive in hindsight after finding out that Zach Werenski was injured for most of the season. He helped his partner out all season and surely covered at times to help hid Werenski’s injury.
With the voting publicly known we now know that Jones didn’t miss the deserved nomination by much. He ended up fourth, just behind P.K. Subban.
Although I disagree with the two voters that put Jones 1st on their ballot, Jones deserved a third place finish in my opinion. The 23-year-old though has a bright future ahead of him in Columbus to win multiple Norris Trophies.