Montreal's P.K. Subban, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Minnesota's Ryan Suter are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL's top defenseman.
Each is a Norris finalist for the first time.
Subban topped the league's defensemen with 11 goals and 27 assists. Letang finished second in the scoring race among defensemen despite missing more than a quarter of the season. Suter of Madison, Wis., ranked second among players at his position in assists (28) and third in points (32).
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.
The finalists for the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender are announced Wednesday.