Each day until the NHL Awards show June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Frank J. Selke, awarded the best defensive forward – Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins, Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings, Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Will win –
Another award, another nomination for a Boston player. Patrice Bergeron will take home the Selke for the best defensive forward. Bergeron’s 49 takeaways (48th place), 58.6 winning percentage on the faceoff, and 43 penalty minutes will bring him home his second Selke.
Should win – After scoring a career-high 28 goals and 64 points, Ryan O’Reilly has not only made himself a household name in Colorado, but the league. O’Reilly led the league in takeaways this year, and it’s the second time in his career that he’s accomplished that feat. If O’Reilly’s league-low two penalty minutes are factored in, he is a player who is dangerous on both offense and defense, and will not hurt his team with penalties.
Do you agree? Who do you think deserves the award the most?