Bergy Up For Selke Trophy…Again

  • Bergy Up For Selke Trophy…Again

Bergy Up For Selke Trophy…Again

For the seventh consecutive season, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

Some might argue there other more worthy candidates given that Bergeron missed 18 games due to injury this season, but he was also the center of a line that didn't give up an even strength goal until January while putting up his customarily excellent stats. He was also sixth in face-off win percentage (57.3 percent) and was an NHL-best 58.3 percent on faceoffs while shorthanded.

Couturier was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward. He has won the award on four occasions, including last season. Bergeron has won the honor in four of the six years he's been a finalist.

The Selke Trophy and all of the National Hockey League awards will be handed out on June 20th. Bergeron hit the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in his career. He would be the first member of the Flyers to win the award since Dave Poulin in 1987.

The Case For Anze Kopitar: The 2016 victor is a finalist for the fourth time in the past five seasons, and he has, arguably, the strongest case this season to return to the podium.

Couturier, one of the Flyers' top offensive and defensive players, had a career year during the regular season. The Kings finished the regular season with the lowest number of goals allowed. Kopitar often saw duty on the Kings' penalty-kill unit, which finished tops in the league in penalty killing percentage (85.0). He won 57% of his total faceoffs.