Defensive whiz Bergeron starting to score enough to have shot at Selke

With Datsyuk and Jordan Staal, a finalist from last season, out injured for a large chunk of this season, there might be spare room in Las Vegas for some new blood. Last year’s third finalist Ryan Kesler of Vancouver already has 23 goals and a plus-17 rating, so you can write his name down on the Selke dance card. You always have to watch out for Philadelphia’s Mike Richards and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. There are other forwards who will be in the argument when it comes time to submit the ballots.

Don’t expect Bergeron to do any handicapping of the Selke race, though.

“It’s always nice to hear that from a guy like Cam,” said Bergeron. “But I’ve got to keep playing, playing well and see what happens. But to be honest, I’ve said that before, I don’t really think about that stuff.”

If humbleness was a criterion for the Selke, or any award, Bergeron would be the leader in the clubhouse. Luckily, he has Neely – a person all us hockey writers hold in high regard – to do his boasting for him.

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