Let’s get this out of the way right now: Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar is not winning the Norris Trophy this season.
Weegar may not even finish in the top five of voting.
The fact that it is even being brought up as a possibility just shows what kind of a player Weegar has evolved into.
If Weegar is not an elite NHL defenseman yet, he certainly is close.
And, depending who you ask, he may be on that plane right now.
“He had a heck of a year in all aspects of his game,” Joel Quenneville said of Weegar. “His defending, joining the attack, patience, play recognition … his possesson was high-end.”