NEW YORK – New Jersey Devils centre John Madden was named a finalist for the Frank Selke Trophy for a fourth time Friday, along with Detroit Red Wings forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
The award is given to the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Madden captured the award in 2000-01 and was runner-up in ’02-03 and ’03-04.
This season, he led Devils forwards in short-handed goals (three), average ice time per game (19:26) and average short-handed minutes per game (3:35).
He ranked seventh among NHL forwards in face-offs taken with 1,463 and posted a 53.7 per cent winning percentage.
Datsyuk, meanwhile, led all NHL players with a plus-41 rating and topped all NHL forwards with 144 takeaways, 67 per cent more than his nearest rival (Dallas’s Mike Modano, who had 86.)
The Russian also ranked first among Red Wings forwards in blocked shots (42). Datsyuk is also up for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for sportsmanship.
Zetterberg led Red Wings forwards in average ice time per game (22:04) and ranked second to Datsyuk among Detroit forwards with a plus-30 rating.
He also led the Red Wings in face-offs taken (1,210) and was second on the club to Kris Draper in face-off winning percentage at 55.0 per cent.
The award is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.