Ramblings: Nichushkin for Selke; looking at nominees for the Vezina and Jack Adams – June 4

Michael Clifford

2020-06-04

In a normal year, the Dobber Prospects Report would already be released, as it's typically set for distribution every June 1st, allowing fantasy freaks to read up on the prospects they need to know for their dynasty drafts in the summer or fall. It provides the opportunity to do a bit of homework when there's not much going on in the hockey world, at least in terms of transactions. Gotta love transactions.

Anyway, the Prospects Report is still coming, it's just going to be next week, a delay of a couple weeks. There's still not much going on in the hockey world so head to the Dobber Shop to pre-order your copy. It has profiles, three-year projections, upside values, and a whole lot more. It's truly a cornucopia of prospect goodness.

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When I was writing my Ramblings on the end-of-season awards a couple days ago, one that I purposefully omitted was the Selke Trophy. Let's spend a few minutes on this.

The Selke Trophy is given to the NHL's top defensive forward. The wording is "… who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game." (Or at least on Wikipedia, it is.) But it's not always necessarily given to the best defensive forward. It is eminently possible that the best defensive forward in the NHL put up 25 or 30 points in a season, but he's not winning the award; since the 2005 lockout, only one forward has won the Selke Trophy while putting up fewer than 60 points, and Patrice Bergeron did it twice, but still put up over 50. We haven't had a Selke Winner with fewer than 50 points since Kris Draper won it with 40 in 2003-04.

When looking for potential Selke Trophy winners this year – and by that I mean who I think the writers will choose, not who I would choose – it seems likely that Bergeron is nominated ag