by PuckStopsHere on 03/16/14 at 04:56 PM ET
In the last few days Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has taken over the NHL +/- lead. He is posting a +32, which is one point ahead of his nearest competitor. Bergeron is having a strong defensive season. He is my Selke Trophy leader at this point.
The amazing thing about Bergeron plays a tough defensive role. He plays against the toughest opposition that Boston faces and he starts more of his shifts in the defensive zone than in in the offensive zone and nevertheless he posts some of the best puck possession numbers in the league. Patrice Bergeron is an outstanding player. His offensive numbers though solid are not too spectacular. It is his puck possession numbers given the circumstances in which he plays that shows his outstanding value. Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward in the NHL and his +/- rating is a big part of the evidence for this.
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