No Callahan in Selke finalists; No Rangers in Lady Byng finalists

April 23, 2012, by

In what is no surprise to pretty much anyone, Ryan Callahan was not included as a finalist for the Selke Trophy for the NHL’s top defensive forward. The finalists are St. Louis’ David Backes, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the award three of the past four years.

Backes finished the season with a line of 20-34-54 while starting just 46% of his shifts in the offensize zone (fewest among Blues forwards). Backes also led the league in Qualcomp this season.

Bergeron finished the year with a line of 22-42-64 with a +36 rating. We don’t generally like the plus/minus stat, but Bergeron’s numbers go beyond that. He is an ace at faceoffs (second in the league), and led Boston in blocked shots and takeaways. What sets Bergeron apart from someone like Ryan Callahan is that Bergeron does all this and still manages to maintain solid puck possession metrics (18.4 RCorsi compared to Cally’s -2.2).

Datsyuk is again a finalist, and finished with a line of 19-48-67 and just 14 PIMs (just seven penalties all year). Datsyuk finished 24th in the league (among forwards) in Qualcomp, and 32nd in RCorsi (13.2). When you look at the Selke, it’s hard not to include Datsyuk every year.

Also unsurprisingly, there were no Rangers among the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy for “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The finalists for the Byng are the Islanders Matt Moulson, Florida’s Brian Campbell, and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle.

Apparently the criteria for the Byng this year was fewest minor penalties taken while putting up great offensive numbers. Moulson and Campbell finished with just three minor penalties a piece with great offensive numbers. Eberle had just five penalties called on him, and also finished with great numbers.

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  1. steve says:

    Is it possible for Rangers to bring up guys from the Whale that are on ATO’s? Do they have to fully sign them first, if so can they bring them up to the club then for the playoffs. Has anyone been watching this kid Hrivik?? Which players on the Whale are eligible to be recalled by the Rangers, does anyone know how this works?

    • Dave says:

      No, the ATO guys can’t come up to the big club. They would have to be signed first.

      Don’t expect any call ups. The Whale are making their Calder Cup run, and none of the players are likely to make a difference at the NHL level. What you see now is what you get.

  2. steve says:

    why is hrivik who’s got 4 goals in the last 2 games any less likely to have an impact then this guy ottawa is bringing in from the SEL for tonight?

  3. steve says:

    sign him and bring him up :), let’s try anything

    • Chris F says:

      Aye yae yae. That’s not what the Rangers need. They need heart, physicality, passion and most importantly desperation.

      Do you think a kid from the Whale is gonna come up for a game 6 and play desperate? Nah, the guys lived and played together to get here. They either win or die together tonight.

  4. steve says:

    I’m talking about for the next series. I think we get by Ottawa, tonight and Thursday, but we need more fresh legs after a long season of playing the grind game and shot blocking defense first season, to compete in the faster pace playoffs…..it is what it is

    • Chris F says:

      I think they need to get past tonight to even consider anything like that… Even so, I think if they win these next two games, you let these players continue on. No fresh recruits from here on out.

  5. Walt says:

    I take it as a badge of honor that the Rangers have no one who is considered for the Lady Byng!

    That is the award for wimps, we don’t play that style, and we prefer men on our team. Well, in Datsyuk’s case, I’ll make an exception.

    Just having some fun guys, don’t jump down my throat!!!!!