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Poll: Who will win the 2012 Selke Trophy?

Apr 23, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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As we shared with you earlier, the NHL announced the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the league’s best defensive forward: David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.

If you’re curious about the case each of these players has to take home this year’s award, here’s a brief rundown:

– Datsyuk is a five-time finalist for the award and a three-time winner. His puck-stealing ability is legendary and his ability to turn defense into instant offense is well known throughout the league.

– Bergeron is building a legend of his own in Boston thanks to his gutsy play and ability to win faceoffs. He finished second in the NHL in faceoff percentage, behind Jonathan Toews, and is tops on the team in shorthanded time-on-ice. When the Bruins need someone to shutdown an opponent, they call on Bergeron.

– Backes is the Blues’ most physical presence up front. He doled out 226 hits, most on the team, while also taking the most faceoffs. His reputation as a physical dynamo is well known amongst the players and, thanks to the Blues’ success this year, is becoming the thing of folk lore with fans.

With that said, who’s your pick to win the award?

  1. govtminion - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Bergeron. He’s been fantastic for Boston this season, and really has been for years, in his own zone. He wins faceoffs to get the puck clear of the defensive zone, blocks shots (ow), gets in corners… he’s incredible. The other two are fine choices as well, but this is Bergeron’s year at last.

  2. mcmurphy22 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    3 great players, had injuries played out differently this could be a different ball game, but I have to go with Bergeron this time around.

  3. homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    it should also benmentioned that they have the following +/-

    Bergeron +36
    Datsyuk +21
    Backes +15

  4. mickeyb21 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    The only thing stopping Backes from winning this is faceoff percentage. He dominates in every other part of the game. Just depends on if the writers think that is the most important part of the award.

    • taytay099 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      David Backes is a winger.

      • mickeyb21 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        He’s played center all year. Watch the Blues some time. It can be fun. The team’s pretty good too.

  5. bensawesomeness - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Pav would have alot more of a shot if he hadnt gotten hurt

    Bergeron’s numbers dont lie, he’ll probably get the trophy

  6. jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    this is a runaway in bergeron’s favor, well deserved.

  7. bergeronforselke - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    i’ll have to think about this one

  8. theblakfox - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    3 of my favorite players to watch. Datsyuk has always been good, but I think Bergeron’s numbers this year will get him the nod. He’s truly been great this year, those face-off wins and his plus minus are impressive and hes never been a dirty player. While Backes is a great player, I think his tendency to be disliked among players might make the difference.

  9. travishenryskid - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Backes should win. Bergeron is becoming one of the most overrated players in the NHL. He is not all that rare.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM


    • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      pretty much one of the dumbest comments I have read on this site. How is he overrated? Must be all those awards and all star games he has….oh wait….

    • amerika1313 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      If you think he’s overrated, you know absolutely nothing about hockey.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      moron. do you watch hockey?

    • oscojoe - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Must be a Canuck Fan!

    • travishenryskid - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Bruin fans get butthurt easily apparantly.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        no, we just get allergic to retarded comments.

  10. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Red Wings fan here who can admit this is Bergeron’s win this year.

    Good to see Backes getting so credit for all his hard work this year too.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      some credit*

  11. habsflop - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    guy who says Bergereon is over rated probably still thinks Ovechkin is best player in the league. Bergeron is as a complete player as they come. Would rather have a team of Bergeron’s or Datsuk’s or Callahan’s over many of the “stars” in this league

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