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2016 Norris Trophy: Brent Burns finishes third in Norris Trophy voting

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2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Brent Burns finished third in Norris Trophy voting on Wednesday night. Drew Doughty took home the award, given annually to the top defender in the NHL.

Despite having a relatively average season by his standards, Doughty takes home the award for the first time in his career. The phrase “lifetime achievement award” seems fitting here. He scored 51 points, his second-highest total in a single regular season, and managed just one point as the Kings lost to the Sharks in five games.

Burns scored 75 points in 82 games, setting a franchise record for the most points by a defender in a single season. He continued that tear in the postseason, where he tallied 24 points in 24 games. Burns did all this while also wildly improving the defensive side of his game while playing with new partner Paul Martin. Burns was always a longshot to win the Norris, but he’s certainly deserving of the nomination.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic received one (1) fifth place vote.

Here’s how the final votes total turned out:

1. Drew Doughty, LAK 1254 (93-37-10-4-3)

2. Erik Karlsson, OTT 1020 (46-54-27-14-5)

3. Brent Burns, SJS 619 (3-26-54-43-8)

4. Kris Letang, PIT 587 (8-24-40-40-19)

5. Roman Josi, NSH 120 (0-1-6-17-32)

6. John Klingberg, DAL 63 (0-2-2-6-21)

7. Victor Hedman, TBL 62 (0-2-3-6-15)

8. Ryan Suter, MIN 53 (0-1-3-7-10)

9. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI 30 (0-0-2-2-14)

10. Shea Weber, NSH 27 (0-1-1-4-3)

11. Duncan Keith, CHI 21 (0-1-1-1-6)

12. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG 8 (0-0-0-1-5)

13. Mark Giordano, CGY 7 (0-1-0-0-0)

14. P.K. Subban, MTL 6 (0-0-0-2-0)

15. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 5 (0-0-1-0-0)

16. Aaron Ekblad, FLA 4 (0-0-0-0-4)

17. Brian Campbell, FLA 3 (0-0-0-1-0)

Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 3 (0-0-0-1-0)

Hampus Lindholm, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0)

20. Francois Beauchemin, COL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Jake Muzzin, LAK 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Brent Seabrook, CHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Anton Stralman, TBL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS 1 (0-0-0-0-1)