Blackhawks for the Frank J. Selke Trophy: Best Defensive Forward
Tell me if you have heard this before: Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar are strong Selke contenders. Oh, you heard it in 2011? And 2012? And in 2013? Wow, and in 2014? Jeez, you heard it last year too? Interesting.
- Front-runner: Patrice Bergeron
- Contenders: Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Toews
- In the mix: Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski, Claude Giroux
Yes, this one is a no-brainer yet again this year as Bergeron, Toews and Kopitar are yet again the best at what they do: dominating a hockey game on both ends of the ice. The Selke is another award that seems to be based of reputation a bit, but there is no doubting the abilities of guys like Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews. It’s no wonder that all three of these guys are leaders on their team, because you have to be quite the hard-working and do whatever it takes kind of guy to be considered for the Selke award. With the special teams minutes that all three play on both the penalty kill and powerplay, they’re indispensable on a nightly basis.
When it really comes down to it, this award is Bergeron’s world and we all live in it. Kopitar, like Los Angeles teammate Doughty, has been considered a favorite because it is his time to win one, but that’s a cheap way to win an award that is based on year-to-year production and performance. Toews has a strong case for his second Selke win, but it looks like Bergeron’s to win.
So what do you think? Who do you think will be walking away as NHL awards winner this year? Let us know in the comments section!