The National Hockey League has just unveiled the finalists for two of its most covered awards.
The news broke this morning on the Fan 590 courtesy of Sportsnet radio host Jeff Marek, and as a result we now know the names of the 3 men who will challenged for the Selke Trophy as well as the 3 men who will challenge for the Norris in the 2019 - 2020 NHL regular season. These are your nominess:
Patrice Bergeron - Boston Bruins.
Bergeron has been a perennial contender for this award so no one will be surprised to see his name on the list. This is the ninth straight season in which he has been nominated and he will be looking for his 5th win, both of which are ridiculous statistics.
Sean Couturier - Philadelphia Flyers.
Like Bergeron Couturier has become a constant topic of conversation in the Selke discussion but unlike Bergeron he has thus far failed to capture the award. Many believe that this is the year that Couturier will finally get to take one home.
Ryan O'Reilly - St. Louis Blues.
O'Reilly has revitalized his career since leaving Buffalo and joining the St. Louis Blues and after his dynamic performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year he has received much more recognition for his amazing two-way game on the ice. This Selke nomination is evidence of that fact, but I would rate him as the least likely to win it this year given the competition.
John Carlson - Washington Capitals.
The favorite in the eyes of many, Carlson was in the midst of one of the most impressive offensive seasons for a defenseman in the history of the league. It is a shame that due to the pandemic we will never know how the season would have played out for Carlson, but his 15 goals and 60 helpers for a combined 75 points in just 69 games have made him a leading contender.
Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning
Although not as offensively dominant as Carlson, Hedman ranked 3rd in the league in terms of points from the blue line, the towering Lightning defenseman is coming off another outstanding season the blue line. Having previously captured the Norris trophy Hedman is looking for a repeat at the fact that he ate up over 25 minutes a night this season while finishing with a plus minus rating of +27 makes him a strong contender.
Roman Josi - Nashville Predators.
Like Hedman Josi consumed over 25 minutes of ice time for the Predators and once again showed that he is one of the league's most consistent defensemen. Josi produced more offensive than Hedman, finishing second on the season among defensemen with 65 points, however he was led productive than Carlson. Only two defensemen saw more ice time than Josi this season and none generated more shots from the blue line.
Interestingly enough, based on the predictions of Vegas oddmakers, these names were unveiled in order of favorite to win the award to least favorite to win the award. I doubt that means much of anything but it is certainly an interesting coincidence at the very least.