Before last week, there were only two active NHL players who had won the Selke Trophy -- Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk (three times) and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler (once). When Florida signed John Madden on Jan. 4, that raised the total to three. The point is, the players who once were considered the standard among defensive-minded forwards -- Rod Brind’Amour, Jere Lehtinen, Michael Peca -- all are gone.
Datsyuk basically is the bridge between those players and a younger generation of talented, responsible forwards. Kesler was the first to break through last season, but others could derail Datsyuk's march to what would be a record-tying fourth Selke. Besides the two players not named Datsyuk listed below, there are other skaters, like Los Angeles' Mike Richards and Chicago's Jonathan Toews, who have earned recognition as elite defensive forwards who one day could lay claim to this award.