Bergeron, Kopitar, Couturier named Selke Trophy finalists

Annette Crawford
April 19, 2018

Couturier was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward.

Kopitar led all kings forwards with with 2:10 of shorthanded ice time per game, contributing to the league's best penalty kill.

This marks his seventh consecutive nomination, surpassing the previous record of six set by Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings from 2008 to '13.

Bergeron earns another nomination with four career Selke wins already on his resume, including three over the past four years.

Bergeron ranked fifth in the league in faceoff win percentage (57.3, min. 1,000 faceoffs), 12th in faceoffs won (784), third in even-strength faceoff win percentage (58.0, min. 500 faceoffs won) and first in shorthanded faceoff win percentage (58.3, min. 50 faceoffs won). He placed second in 2014, third in 2015 and won the award for the first time in 2016. Bergeron hit the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in his career.

A win for Couturier would make him the first Flyers Selke victor since Dave Poulin in 1987 and just the third in franchise history (Bobby Clarke won in 1983).

As for Couturier, this is the 25-year-old's first time being named a finalist.

Couturier scored 31 goals and 76 points, both career highs, this season, while ranking third in the National Hockey League with a plus-34 rating.

Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,810:58), an average of 22:05 per game, on the club that led the league in team defence. His faceoff win rate of 54.1% led the Kings and also marked a career-best.

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