by PuckStopsHere on 02/16/13 at 01:23 AM ET
The Chicago Blackhawks are off to an incredible start. After 14 games they are yet to suffer a loss in regulation. They have scored 19 goals more than they have allowed. A big part of their success is the play of Jonathan Toews. He is a great two-way player and my pick for the Selke Trophy at this point.
While playing on the league's top team he is clearly a step above his teammates. This is shown by his +/- rating. After on/off ice rate adjustment he is among the top players in the league and doing this while playing against top competition.
Toews has received some Selke consideration in the past but he is yet to be a top nominee. I think this is the year when he could win the award. The success of his team will help to keep him in the limelight and the fact that he has offensive prowess to go with his defensive skill will also help. Jonathan Toews has a solid chance at winning the Selke Trophy this year and he is the early leader.
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