by PuckStopsHere on 03/11/12 at 09:20 PM ET
At the beginning of February I picked Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks as the Selke Trophy leader. He has been out with a concussion since the middle of February, thus he is no longer my pick. I think the best defensive forward in the league so far this year has been Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
Bergeron is tied for the NHL lead with a +33 +/- rating. He plays against tough competition, spends significant time killing penalties and gets as many defensive zone starts as any Bruin forward. He is a key cog of the Bruins defence. I think he has had more defensive value to his team than any other forward this season.
Bergeron is second in scoring on the Bruins and is thus a player who will receive some Selke consideration. You must have offensive ability to win the award today. That shouldn’t be the case, but it is reality. Given that he plays on a high profile team (the defending Stanley Cup champions) he has no reason to be overlooked. I am sure he will be among the top vote-getters even if he doesn’t win the award.
I think Patrice Bergeron has been the best defensive forward so far this season and hence should be considered the Selke Trophy leader at this point.
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