Who's your pick for the Selke?
A look at the NHL's top defensive forwards
I honestly can't recall if I've done this before, but I took the method I used in finding the Rod Langway Award candidates, applied it to forwards, and came up with a list of players who have had statistically strong seasons on the defensive side of the puck.
I'm afraid I don't have oodles of time to devote to this at the moment, but I'd certainly be interested to hear others' suggestions for potential Selke candidates this year. I discounted quite a few guys, like Chicago's Patrick Sharp, for not playing enough at even strength, but maybe that's a bad call.
Here's my Top 20, based on goals against at even strength and penalty killing, as well as strength of competition:
|Behind the Net Statistics|
|NAME||TEAM||QUAL COMP||Rk Top 60||EVGA ||Rk Top 60||SHGA ||Rk Top 60|
|17||MARTIN ST. LOUIS||T.B||0.19||9||3.01||53||3.36||10|
Of the 60 eligible players (based on even strength and shorthanded ice time), here are a few other notables: #23, Daniel Alfredsson; #24, Vincent Lecavalier; #25, Nikolai Antropov; #27, John Madden; #42, Rod Brind'Amour; #43, Jere Lehtinen.
The Hurricanes' penalty kill has been dreadful, which holds back Brind'Amour from being a middle-of-the-pack guy.
I honestly didn't realize players like Hossa, Shanahan and Antropov were picking up quite that many minutes shorthanded.