Who will win the Selke Trophy in 2018-19?
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For years he has been a high-end defensive player but hasn't gotten much recognition because of his mediocre offensive totals. Last season that changed as, on top of providing elite defense, he shattered previous career highs by recording 76 points while serving as one of the team's top creators offensively.
I think he should have won the Selke – among the three finalists, he ranked 1st in primary points/60, Relative Corsi For%, Expected Goals For%, Goals For%, and on-ice goal differential – but it was a step in the right direction that he was even in the conversation over some of the usual characters.
Couturier rightfully opened up a lot of eyes with his play last season. If he can maintain it, and I think he can, he'll have a good shot of winning some hardware next June.
This is usually the award I call 'Bergeron's to Lose' but as father time creeps up on him others have entered the race. Anze Kopitar could begin to feel the effects of time too as he enters his 31st year which could mark a change in who rises to the top.
If Sean Couturier is healthy this could be his year as he now seems to produce the points necessary to be in the conversation as a Selke finalist. Barkov is in the same boat, but could there be more younger players? Take those to and then the two above and you have a decent top 4 again like last year and add in Koivu and it's the same except this year Couturier gets the nod and the order of finalists favors the younger guys instead. Change is coming to the top of the Selke pile and Couturier will lead it.
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