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And The Award Goes To…SELKE

In Hockey Hits on April 19, 2010 by geespotting

Alright…the Vezina nominees came out…and was bang on with the 3 that made it. As for the Selke (those nominees are out tomorrow)…that’s the toughest one to predict, but, here goes:

SELKE TROPHY (TOP DEFENSIVE FORWARD): Jordan Staal, PITTSBURGH

From the moment he joined the NHL as an 18 year old, Jordan Staal showed a lot of poise for someone so young. I am not talking pure skill, ala a young Crosby or Ovechkin, but, poise. He seems to grasp the part of the game without the puck like it’s second nature (who knows…maybe it is)! He is always against the other team’s top lines, kills penalties, and is a threat to score while short-handed, and seems to be getting better with age. I think he is due for this honor as the Selke winner.

RUNNER UP: Zach Parise, NEW JERSEY

– All season long, I have had Zach in the lead spot until these last couple of months. His two way game rivals that of greats like Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and under the guidance of new coach Jacques Lemaire, that part of his game excelled. He also didn’t forget how to find the back of the net, finishing among the league’s top 20 scorers for a 2nd straight year.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Patrick Sharp, CHICAGO & Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE.

– For most of the season, Marleau was among my top 4, and for many of the same reason I choose Parise as the runner up. Marleau is a great 2 way forward, and that part of his game has improved. Hey…someone has to be responsible on a line that includes Patrick, Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. Sharp came onto the list at the very end, but, is a key part of the Chicago offence, but, also counted on to kill penalties and take on some of the best offensive players in the game. His versatility is one of the many intangibles that the Hawks boast over most other NHL teams.

– So, there’s my picks for the Selke. We will see how I fare tomorrow when the nominees are announced.

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