The NHL announced the finalists for the 2009-10 Frank Selke Trophy today. The three players are Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Ryan Keslar (Vancouver Canucks), and Jordan Staal (Pittsburgh Penguins).
The trophy is annually awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
Finalists were selected by the top three vote-getters of the ballots submitted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the winner will be announced at the 2010 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 23rd at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The ceremony will be broadcast live on VERSUS (in the US) and on CBC (in Canada).
Staal received plenty of ice time against the NHL's top centers in 2009-10, appearing in all 82 games and ranking third among Pittsburgh forwards in ice time per game (19:23), trailing only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He played more shorthanded minutes (274:08) than every NHL forward except St. Louis' Jay McClement (306:53). The 21-year-old also led the Penguins in plus-minus with a career-best +19 rating. Staal is a Selke finalist for the first time and will be making his second trip to the NHL Awards, having finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie in 2007.
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