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First Selke Leader

One trophy I am yet to pick a leader for is the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward.  Today I am making my first pick this season as Selke Trophy leader.  My pick is Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins.  Marchand is the current Corsi leader in the NHL.  He is a solid defensive forward with the Boston Bruins.

For the most part, Marchand has been seen as the number two defensive forward in Boston behind his linemate Patrice Bergeron.  It's not really a knock on Marchand but rather a testament to how good Bergeron has been.  Bergeron is a three time Selke Trophy winner and probably should have won even more than that.  Both are top flight NHL players who starred with Team Canada in the World Cup. 

Bergeron had a slow start this season because he missed the start of the season due to injury and took a couple games to get going once he got back on the roster.  This has given Marchand a chance to shine outside Bergeron's shadow.

Brad Marchand is often overlooked in Selke Trophy voting.  This is partly because of Bergeron but it is also because Selke voters strongly support centres over wingers and Marchand is a winger.  This is a relatively modern interpretation of the award since the award was created for Bob Gainey who played left wing more often than any other forward position.

Brad Marchand is the current Selke Trophy leader.  He is off to a great start.  It remains to be seen if he can keep it going all season and if Patrice Bergeron's return will get Bergeron into the Selke lead.  For now Marchand leads the race.

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