Panthers' Aleksander Barkov wins Selke Trophy
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, June 19, 2021

Aleksander Barkov (photo courtesy of Florida Panthers)

(UNDATED) – Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward for the first time in his eight-year career. Barkov was announced as the winner of the award Friday night, and was a finalist for the first time. The 25 year old Finn became just the fifth player in league history to win both the Selke and the Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct. He won the Lady Byng in 2019. Barkov ranked ninth among forwards in averaging just under 21 minutes a game, and was 10th in the league with a winning percentage of 54.9 on faceoffs. Boston center Patrice Bergeron and Vegas winger Mark Stone were the other finalists for the Selke, which is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.