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Patrice Bergeron might win the 2011-12 Selke Trophy

Apr 1, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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A year ago, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron was just shy of being nominated as one of the three Selke Trophy finalists, which goes to the NHL’s top defensive forward. This time around, Bergeron might nab the award.

The contest for the Selke Trophy is a bit unique in the sense that the statistics associated with success defensively are a bit more obscure and, in some cases, in dispute. For example, the value of a player’s plus/minus rating is open to debate. With that in mind, a forward’s reputation for doing all the little things necessary to help his team win is important. That’s something Bergeron has working for him.

In addition to finishing fourth in voting last season, Bergeron is having a great season both with and without the puck. He leads the league in faceoff wins and has a stunning 59.5% success rate on the draw. On top of that he has 61 points in 79 games, which might not directly factor into the award, but it does help him get the voters’ attention in the first place.

“With our system there’s no blowout out of the zone or cheating. He’s often the last one of the defensive zone, or the second-to-last one out,” said teammate Chris Kelly. “But he still manages to create a lot of offense in the system. It’s a lot of skating. He’s working every single night. It’s not like there are easy nights where he’s cheating like some other guys in the league do that recognized a little more for their offensive numbers.”

It’s also worth noting that two of last season’s three finalists, Jonathan Toews and Pavel Datsyuk, have missed a significant amount of time due to injuries this season. Meanwhile, 2010-11 award winner, Ryan Kesler, is having something of an off season by his standards. There are other worthy candidates, but Bergeron certainly seems to be in a good position to claim the award.

  1. itsallniceonice - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Bergeron is definitely the best player on the Bruins. Whether he wins or not I don’t know, has ok stats but the voters are obsessed with stats (Norris), even though he really should. Happy to see him returning to form after his rough experience with concussions, and glad that he won’t be making the Olympic team next time just off of just faceoffs. As a Bruins fan he is an absolute pleasure to watch every day.

    Either way the kid is 26 and scored a Stanley Cup game winning goal. It surely won’t be the last you hear of Bergeron.

    • itsallniceonice - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      Didn’t realize he dominated face off wins this year that alone should actually put him in serious contention. He is phenomenal and his dedication to the game deserve all the attention and credit in the world.

      • jond86 - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM

        He went 17/19 against the Rangers last night. I don’t think he lost a draw until the third period.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        yeah and he is on fire lately with faceoffs. He is winning like 17-20 almost every game now. Im guessing that # will go up.

    • firstandonlywarning - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      He’s top 3 in the NHL is faceoff % at nearly 60%

  2. bergeronforselke - Apr 2, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    A true two-way player deserving of winning this year

  3. daveydawg - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Humble and classy guy as well.

  4. broadstbully33 - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    sucks

    • drunkbro - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      he sucks, i hate him, he is classless, loser bruin
      i’d take him on my team tho. he then would be the 2nd line center who is over looked and a fan favorite. i guess i like him more than any other bruin haha. wouldnt be surprised if he won this award.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Yep, your team not having him sure sucks for you.

  5. crusty14 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I’d like to know why there are no articles on the bruins/rangers game from last night? I mean, #1 and #2 seeds play each other and no one reports about it? The flyers and penguins played and there was a talk amongst yourselves piece 2 minutes after the game was over!

    • homelanddefense - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      you mean like the story posted right before this one?

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/01/bruins-win-northeast-division-for-third-time-in-four-seasons/

  6. davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Bergeron should win one of these years. He’s a great player and it’s awesome that he’s been able to come back and have so much success (even if he is this underrated) after missing all that time with concussion issues.

    Delicious fingers, too.

  7. crusty14 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    I’m looking on the NBC sports talk app on my iPad , and that article you posted a link for isn’t there!

  8. id4joey - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    This guy would be a great captain in Montreal….. Dreaming of course.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks for providing an image of Bergeron in red and blue. I no longer want lunch.

  9. andidee15 - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    While I’d like to see Ryan O’Reilly get at least a little consideration (I’m a little biased, but he still has some strong stats this year), Bergeron would be a great choice for the Selke. Well deserved IMO.

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