Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jordan Staal Among 2010 Selke Finalists

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.


Walt said...

Yes Staal should get some votes. He could be a number one or two guy on alot of other teams. People tend to forget about him because he plays behind Crosby and Malkin.
On a side note would you like to link our blogs?
Walt AKA All Sports on the Web

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you left another comment, Walt!! I've been trying to find your email (but it must've been another comment you left) about exchanging links and I just couldn't remember ... BUT

I just posted a link to your blog and would appreciate your doing the same for me in return!!!

THANKS, Walk!! : )

Val said...

He totally deserves to be nominated, and, of course, I think he should win, lol! Congrats to him and all of the nominees, what an awesome honor for such a young player, too!

EHisCDN said...

Yay another Pen potentially getting an award. Too bad the NHL awards aren't in Toronto anymore :(. Stupid Las Vegas.

I'm so happy that Staal didn't get overlooked because everything Val said is true.

imelda said...

he deserves the award hes such so good