David Backes C STL Mar 28 '78
Detroit News hockey columnist Ted Kulfan thinks multi-time Frank Selke winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings will be beaten out for the award this week by the St. Louis Blues' David Backes.
The Selke award goes annual to the player chosen the NHL's top defensive player. Writes Kulfan: "If Datsyuk were to win, he would tie Bob Gainey for most Selkes won (four), but it's doubtful that will happen. Backes was the best overall forward on the league's best defensive team, which likely carried a lot of weight with voters. Backes had 72 blocked shots and 50 takeaways, and was plus-15 while going against opposing teams' best lines."