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Roman Josi voted second best NHL Defenseman, poll

Dex Walker

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NASHVILLE, TN — Players in the NHL have spoken and voted Nashville Predators' captain Roman Josi the second-best defenseman in the league.

This year, Josi shared this award with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar.

Josi, 31, is known as one of the best defensemen in NHL history. The long-time Nashville Predator already won a James Norris Trophy, a trophy for the best defenseman in NHL, last year.

He also surpassed former New York Islanders and Swiss national team captain Mark Streit as the highest-scoring Swiss-born NHL player.

In the 2020-2021 NHL regular season, Josi accumulated 33 points with eight goals and 25 assists in 48 games as the Predators finished fourth. The Bern, Switzerland native also led the Preds into the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they lost to the top-seed Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 4-2.

This year is Josi's thirteenth season in the NHL after been drafted 38th during the 2008 NHL Draft. Before being drafted, he played with his hometown team, SC Bern.

Each year the National Hockey League Players' Association surveys nearly 500 players on hockey-related questions from on-ice play to the player's style and more. This year, Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman won the voting as he tallied a staggering 308 votes from around the league.

Hedman, 30, won the Stanley Cup last season with the Lightning while also bringing the Conn Smythe award as the playoffs MVP. The Swedish native also finished top-three in the Norris Trophy nomination this year, along with New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox and Avs' Makar. He won the award in the 2017-18 season.

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