Awarded to a National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. Aleksander Barkov has officially won the 2020-21 Frank J. Selke Trophy. In a tightly contested race between Mark Stone, Aleksander Barkov, and Patrice Bergeron. At the same time, each of these players is deserving of the award in their way. Unfortunately, only one of them was able to claim the Frank J Selke Trophy. After an incredible season Barkov was more than worthy of being announced the winner of the Frank J Selke trophy.
Aleksander Barkov Wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy
As a first-time finalist, Aleksander Barkov just came off one of his best seasons yet. Between both the analytical point of view and through the eye test. Barkov was dominant in all zones, every single night. As the centrepiece of the organization, Barkov has taken his game to another level this season. Through 50 games played, he scored 26 goals and had 58 points finishing second on his team. Yet, his defensive efforts are what has set him apart. One of the team’s best penalty killers, Barkov was noticeable every time he was on the ice. “Sasha” has silenced anyone who has questioned his captaincy. Despite the lack of attention the Florida Panthers receive, Barkov’s two-way play is known across the league and constantly quoted as one of the toughest guys to get the puck off of. His advanced stat of only 9.8 Expected Goals Against is the best of the finalist, by far.
Looking Towards the Future for the Selke Winner
Looking down the road, Barkov’s career has only begun. Truly entering his prime; this is the best team he has been a part of since joining the Panthers. Even though the expansion draft throws a slight wrench in things, Barkov is ready to take his team to that next level. Another star player entering the last season of his contract, Barkov, is the kind of guy to take a team-friendly deal. While one shouldn’t be surprised if he gets a significant pay raise, the Panthers need to do whatever they can to keep him around. As a play driver, scorer, and someone who rarely takes penalties. Barkov is a bonafide leader and someone, the Panthers, cannot afford to lose.
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