Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted: 12:07 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP)Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk has a shot at winning a fourth straight Frank Selke Trophy, being nominated along with Vancouvers Ryan Kesler and Chicagos Jonathan Toews for the award given to the NHLs best defensive forward.
The league announced the finalists Wednesday and will reveal the winner at the June 22 awards banquet in Las Vegas.
Datsyuk had a plus-11 rating and could become the first player to win the trophy four years in a row since the Canadiens Bob Gainey did it from 1978-81.
Kesler was fourth in the league in blocked shots (80), had a team-high 65 takeaways and finished with a plus-24 rating. Its the third straight year the Canucks center has been nominated.
Toews led the NHL with a 56.7 percent faceoff winning percentage and was second in the league with 95 takeaways. Its his first Selke nomination.
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Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?
The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.
But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.
Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.
Here's the rest of the list:
- Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
- Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
- Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
- Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
- Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
- Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
- Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1
A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.
You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.
Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.
Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.
Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: