Anze Kopitar was named Thursday as one of three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, a fitting honor for the Kings’ best two-way player during the regular season. Kopitar led the Kings in goals with 29, assists with 41 and plus/minus defensive rating with a plus-34. He also delivered 10 power-play goals and 23 points while the Kings were on the man-advantage. What’s more, he had nine game-winning goals while playing all 82 regular-season games.
I’ll have reaction after the Kings morning skate at Staples Center.
The other finalists were Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Selke Trophy is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote on the award. Here is my ballot for the Selke:
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK
2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS
3. David Backes, STL
4. Jonathan Toews, CHI
5. Andrew Cogliano, ANA