2024 Selke Trophy Finalists Announced by NHL

The 2024 Selke Trophy finalists are Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, and Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, with Barkov being a previous winner and each showcasing distinct defensive skills in their game.

The NHL’s got its eyes on the next Selke Trophy winner. It’s a big deal, given to the forward who’s a wizard at defense. Last year? Patrice Bergeron snagged it for the sixth time. Legend, right?

This year’s got some heavy hitters. We’re talking Auston Matthews from the Leafs, Aleksander Barkov with the Panthers, and Jordan Staal from the Hurricanes. Barkov’s been here before, winning in 2021. His game? Fast, strong, and skilled. He’s notched 23 goals and racked up 80 points this season. Impressive, huh?

But, don’t count out Matthews. The guy had a season for the books, hitting 69 goals. That’s a feat no one’s touched since ’95-96, thanks to Mario Lemieux. With 107 points over 81 games, Matthews wasn’t just an offensive powerhouse. He was a thief on the ice, outdoing both Staal and Barkov in takeaways.

Then there’s Staal. Not your typical top-liner but a rockstar in Carolina’s middle six. With the best stats among the nominees, he’s shown he can own the ice. It’s only his second time up for the Selke, despite being a consistent vote-getter.

So, who’s it gonna be? The NHL Awards this summer will tell. Stay tuned for the when and where. It’s anyone’s game.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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