The Boston Bruins center has been named a Selke Award finalist for the 7th straight time. When you look at his competition it is pretty evident that Patrice Bergeron will win the award yet again.
Bergeron had a great season, even though he missed around a month at the beginning of the year. In only 64 games he scored 30 goals and 33 assists. Those numbers put him in the top 3 in goals, and points for the Bruins.
The stats also show how effective he was as he had a +21 rating, and ranked 5th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage. Bergeron is known for his faceoff skill and was also ranked 3rd in even strength faceoffs and was 1st in shorthanded faceoffs.
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If Bergeron wins yet again he will be entering rare air. He would be the first player to win the award 5 times. At the point, you might as well make it the Patrice Bergeron award. Bergeron is one of the best two-way forwards of his generation.
Not so stiff competition
Bergeron’s competition makes it a near certainty that he wins the award. Anze Kopitar and Sean Couturier can’t even sniff the level of play that Bergeron plays at. It would be a travesty if Bergeron was not given the award. Hopefully, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will make the right decision.
Right now Bergeron is focused on some more important hardware as the Bruins look to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston. He has played great so far in the playoffs and will look to lead the Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs and on to the second round of the playoffs.