The Selke nominees
Between the three of them they scored 94 goals and dished out 138 assists. That's some pretty decent offense for a trio of forwards being recognized for their defensive prowess.Decent choices, but as per my thoughts earlier, Patrick Sharp should have really been considered for this one.
Then again, in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and John Madden, the three candidates for this year's Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the League's best defensive forward, you have three of the best two-way players in the game.
The Hockey News' Ken Campbell has a piece in the magazine's latest issue where he argues that (a) point totals should be a factor in picking the Selke winner, and (b) players like Sami Pahlson, who "kill offence," shouldn't be eligible:
It's time the league diminished the importance of the Selke Trophy and stopped rewarding players for their efforts in trying to shut down players people pay good money to score goals and create entertainment.One wonders how Campbell feels about the Vezina, which rewards netminders for shutting down his goal-scoring pals.
To their credit, the members of the PHWA, who choose the winner of the Selke, Have taken it upon themselves to make the award one that actually goes to the best two-way forward in recent years, much the way the Hart Trophy has gone from being awarded to the player most valuable to his team to the best player.
Playing good defence against the most difficult opposition in the league is a skill, whether it's a forward or shutdown defenceman doing the checking, and I like the fact the NHL rewards it. Why should every award be for the Ovechkins and Crosbys when hockey is such a complex game, one built just as much around preventing goals by the stars as scoring them.
We're going to ignore a huge segment of the league when it comes to the hardware simply because their skills aren't deemed entertaining enough?
If the league really wants to encourage offence, perhaps it should start by discouting those who try to kill it. I like Samuel Pahlsson as much as the next guy, but he has no business wearing a tuxedo at the annual NHL awards.If I didn't know better, I'd call this justification for how poor the PHWA selections have been over the years.
I wonder if he voted for Thomas Vanek last year? He was pretty exciting.