The From the Rink blog run by James Mirtle has a formula used to keep up on the top defensive forwards in the NHL — the top contenders for the Selke Award.
Boston Bruins winger P.J. Axelsson ranks 12th on this list of the top 30, which is topped by Minnesota Wild forward Antti Miettinen. The only other Bruins players in the top 30 are centers Stephane Yelle (26th) and Patrice Bergeron (27th).
MK: If he had played a full season at full strength, Bergeron would be a candidate for the Selke. There’s always next year. Obviously players with a lot of shorthanded goals, like Philly’s Mike Richards, have an inside edge. Axelsson won’t get much national backing.